This Fall 2020, Russian Program is offering a Soviet and Russian film course. This course investigates the development of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, from their origins to the present. Beginning with the experimental masterpieces of Eisenstein, Vertov and Dovzhenko, film shaped and responded to Soviet ideology, while Russian cinema continues to direct contemporary Russian culture, even as it reveals social contradictions. World renowned filmmakers including Eisenstein and Vertov, Tarkovsky, Zvyagintsev and Todorovsky engage in active dialogue with each other and world cinema to create a uniquely rich cinematic tradition. This course will consider major film movements, directors, trends, and genres of this tradition, with attention to their innovative techniques and ideological contexts.