Open course “Film history”

    From 14 to 31 May 2018 Oksana Bulgakowa is teaching an open course “Film History” at SAS. The course is open, so everybody is welcome. Participants will receive a certificate of the course completion issued by SAS if they attend regularly.

    Monday and Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. The course is taught in Russian. Free and open admission.

    Oksana Bulgakowa is a professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow and obtained a doctor’s degree at the Humboldt University of Berlin (1982); taught at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig, the Free University of Berlin, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

    Oksana Bulgakowa is the curator of the new joint master’s program by the School of Advanced Studies and the UTMN Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and “Digital Cultures and Media Production“.

    The course “Film history” introduces you to alternative models of cinema history based on the most interesting films representing different countries and different ages.

    Course topics:

    • film history as the history of succession of styles (German Expressionism, French Impressionism of the 1920s);
    • film history as the history of engineering and technology (the first and the second sound revolutions, introduction of new aspect ratios);
    • film history as the history of production and institutional structures development (Hollywood studios in 1930-1948, German and Soviet cinematography of the 1930s; censorship; development of the canon: archives and festivals);
    • development of new film forms with their regard for social history, technologies and production structures (classical Hollywood style; French New Wave);
    • creating new categories to describe various cinematographic phenomena (film genres and film stars; film noir between genre and style);
    • Italian neorealism as historical, political and intermediate phenomenon; auteur cinema and auteur style categories (foundation and legacy of New Waves in France, Eastern Europe, Germany and Brazil);
    • film history as the history of globalization (the Chinese cinema phenomenon).