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Translating Literature into the Language of Film: Russian Classics on the World Screen

The course explores the highlights of Russian classical Literature and its interpretations on the world’s screen. We will focus on famous pieces such as The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, The White Nights, Crime and Punishment and Idiot by Dostoevsky, and others. Throughout the course we shall watch and discuss several ballets by Rolan Petit, Boris Eifman, John Cranko, and others. We shall also watch movies by Igor Maslennikov (Russia), Martha Finnes (UK), Georges Lampin (France), Luchino Visconti (Italy), Ivan Pyriev (Russia), Leo Kulidjanov (Russia), and Akira Kurosawa (Japan). To discuss these various interpretations we shall have to acquire the ‘dictionary’ of cinema language and define such notions as text, subtext, context, metaphor, materialized, visualized metaphor, etc. Students are expected to read the above mentioned texts, as well as some critical literature on them and the authors, and to write two papers during the course of the semester. We may visit the museum of Pushkin, the museum of Dostoevsky, and the museum of Ballet.

Credits: 6/3

Course ID: LIT_E_203


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Taught this semester: Yes

Complies with general requirements: No

Course Type: Elective Course

Language: English