Media and film studies

Eastern European Cinemas: myth and memory

Module code: P5015
Level 6
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Film
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module enables you to engage with key critical debates, films and historical contexts from the cinemas of Eastern Europe, in both communist and post-communist eras.

Topics of inquiry will consider interfaces between aesthetics, politics and society, and may include such topics as:

  • socialist realism, critical realism and antirealism
  • popular genres and 'new waves'
  • history, memory and narratives of war and nation
  • representations of gender, the individual, and the collective
  • the work of auteurs (e.g., Tarkovsky, Wajda and Wolf)
  • state propaganda and censorship
  • filmmaking after the collapse of communism
  • methodological implications of a retrospective and Western perspective.

In addition to exploring such issues, you will deepen your skills in independent research and higher-level contextual and textual analysis.

Module learning outcomes

  • Deploy critical and systematic analysis of film texts from Eastern Europe in re-lation to specific social and political contexts.
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding of critical debates on the cultural and political significance of films from Eastern European cinemas.
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding of methodological issues raised in ap-proaching Eastern European cinemas from a retrospective and Western European perspective.
  • Apply the critical approaches encountered on the model to an extended study.
  • Demonstrate appropriate capacity for individual research and skills in written communication.