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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2012–2013
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RUST1/VENS18 Russian Culture: Russian Cinema and Society: 1920s-2000s 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Basic studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Russian Studies
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

General description

Immediately after its invention, cinema (just as its predecessor—photography) laid a claim to reflecting reality in a “truer” way than other media.  Almost at the same time, an interesting trend emerged: it experimented with creating on screen very peculiar worlds that seemed real but had no counterparts in reality.  This two-sided capacity of cinema brought about the eternal question: to what extent does a cinematic text actually reflect the historical reality it depicts, or is it rather a fictional text that expresses social tendencies contemporary to the time of its production?

This course offers an analysis of selected Russian (and one East European) films with a specific goal to tackle the balance between “the reality” the films referred to and the way they actually depicted it.  Some basic terms and notions of film analysis will be introduced on the way.

The course will also compare the treatment of certain topics and subjects in “Western” and Russian/East-European cultures and specifically in films.  The course will cover films by Balabanov, Eisenstein, Kalatozov, Kuleshov, Vertov, Wajda, and other directors lesser known in the West. 

The course is organized in cooperation with Aleksanteri Institute's Russian and East European Master's School.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Dr. Pavel Lyssakov (St Petersburg State University), Teacher responsible


21-Jan-2013 – 1-Feb-2013
Mon 21-Jan-2013 at 16-19, Paavo Koli -hall (PinniA)
Wed 23-Jan-2013 at 16-19, Paavo Koli -hall (PinniA)
Thu 24-Jan-2013 at 16-19, Linna K 103
Fri 25-Jan-2013 at 10-13, Main Building D11
Mon 28-Jan-2013 at 16-19, Paavo Koli -hall (PinniA)
Wed 30-Jan-2013 at 16-19, Paavo Koli -hall (PinniA)
Thu 31-Jan-2013 at 16-19, Linna K 103
Fri 1-Feb-2013 at 10-13, PinniB 1096