UCL Credits: 15
Total Learning Hours: 150
Module Coordinator: Dr Rachel Morley
Taught By: Dr Philip Cavendish
To find out more about this module, please contact the Module Coordinator.
|Weekly Contact Hours: 3.0 (1 hour lecture and 2 hour film screening per week)|
|Compulsory Module for: None|
Two coursework essays of 2000-3000 words (100%)
Students are encouraged to write two pieces of coursework (c.2000 words) as preparation for their assessed coursework essays. The formative essays cannot be on the same film or topic as the assessed coursework essays.
The films covered in this module belong to the experimental tradition in twentieth century Russian and Soviet cinema. These works rejected the mainstream cinematic conventions of the day and sought to subvert them and explore new means of visual expression. Students will be expected to engage with a range of theoretical texts where relevant. There will be accompanying lectures which discuss technical and aesthetic developments in cinema generally from the beginnings of cinema to the present day. The chronological period covered by this course ranges from the pre-revolutionary silent period through to the early 2000s. The module is divided into four parts, each part covering a period of five weeks, with four films studied in each part along with one accompanying lecture. You are given detailed background information on each film (the lecture notes on Moodle) which raises points of discussion for the tutorial hour. Russian is not a prerequisite for this module because the films selected, with one exception, exist with English subtitles. Please note that this module is assessed by coursework assignment only, and that therefore you are at something of a disadvantage if you have no prior experience of discussing/analysing film in written form.
- Philip Cavendish, ‘The Hand that Turns the Handle: Camera Operators and the Poetics of the Camera in Pre-Revolutionary Russia’, Slavonic and East European Review, 82, 2004, 201-45
- Julian Graffy, ‘Cinema’, in Catriona Kelly and David Shepherd (eds), Russian Cultural Studies: An Introduction, Oxford, 1998, pp. 165-191
- Jay Leyda, Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film, 3rd edition, Princeton, NJ, 1983
- Barry Salt, Film Style & Technology: History & Analysis, 2nd (expanded) edition, London, 1992
- The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents, ed. and trans. by Richard Taylor, co-edited with an introduction by Ian Christie, London, 1994
|Full Year Affiliates||Register for SERS0045||As Above||7.5|
|Affiliates here for Term 1 only||Register for SERS0080||Coursework (100%)||3.75|
|Affiliates here for Terms 2 and 3 only||Register for SERS0099||Coursework (100%)||3.75|
Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.