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From its inception to current production, the cinema of “the other Europe” has played a central role both in terms of its artistic achievements and as social commentary. In its early stages in Soviet Union it was instrumental in the transition to the new socialist order while in the later era it sought alternative means of expression owing to the censorship imposed by the socialist governments of Eastern Europe. These explorations opened up a provocative dialogue which criticized the official regimes and established new narrative and cinematic models. In the more recent period, film has often served as a corrective tool in the fragile new democracies and a voice of protest fighting against new forms of oppression. In this course we will examine a series of masterpieces, including works by filmmakers from the Soviet Union/Russia (Eisenstein, Vertov, Kalatozov, Shepitko, Tarkovsky, Parajanov, Zvyagintsev), Poland (Wajda, Kieslowski, Holland, Pawlikowsli), Czechoslovakia (Forman, Menzel, Chytilová), Hungary (Szabó , Mészáros, Tarr), the former Yugoslav territories (Petrovic, Makavejev, Mancevski, Kusturica, Žbanic), Romania (Mungiu), and Ukraine (Loznitsa). All films have English subtitles. Cross-listed as ILVS 91-02 and FMS 94-04.

This is an in-person course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts courses are designed to provide high-quality and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about course policies and expectations, please visit https://universitycollege.tufts.edu/policies#University-Policies

Basic Enrollment Requirements: 

Academic Year (Fall/Spring): Unofficial Transcript – High School Diploma or current high school transcript (for high school students only in applicable classes), Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Summer: None.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Affiliated With:

School of Arts and Sciences