Central European Cinemas within the Context of the World Cinema
|311CEW||ZK||3||3 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 48 to 63 hours of self-study||English||winter|
Name of lecturer(s)
Nicholas David HUDAC
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Throughout the semester, this course will teach students how to approach the cultural and historical elements which are the backbone of every film, while also applying film and cultural theory to a variety of visual media. Students will also gain a deeper appreciation of cultural history and how it relates to their own creative processes, with the aim of giving students tools useful in all aspects of the filmmaking process. Students will also learn how to present their ideas and analysis in a clear, concise, and above all, effective manner.
Students will also learn about contemporary research methodologies, citation styles, academic best practices, and other related research fields necessary to prepare them for their greenlighting and to complete their MA thesis.
Mode of study
This course will feature a weekly 2.5-hour lecture and discussion with additional homework focused on the periods when FAMU shootings are scheduled. What this means in practice is that each week, I will deliver an introductory lecture on the week’s keywords and films (covering basic concepts, historical background information, theory, as well as excerpts from relevant films or visual media) and theme. For most weeks, the rest of the class time will be spent in active discussion of the week’s assigned readings, previously watched films, and so on.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
This course is open for all CDM and other Masters-level students in FAMU, DAMU, and HAMU, and FFUK-KFS. The language of instruction will be in English, though supplemental readings may be available in Czech, Slovak, German, or Russian for students who would prefer to read some of the materials in the original language.
This course is a newly designed advanced section for CDM and other advanced students.
Central Europe has long been known as an artistic and intellectual island within the greater European sphere. Although ravaged by war, foreign occupation, and totalitarian governments for much of the last few centuries, Central Europe has managed to survive and often thrive as centers of culture and artistic experimentation. This course will focus on films from several influential areas in Central Europe with the goal of examining how this region’s history has impacted its culture by looking at avant-garde cinema and its influence on popular genre cinema. In addition to focusing on film theory, we will also be discussing cultural history and media theory, learning approaches to “reading” films not only as movies, but also as multi-faceted cultural artifacts. To this end, our readings will contain primary source materials on cinema history, historical research, film theory, and literature intended to broaden our understanding of the various cultures, visual and otherwise which inform cinema creation in this part of Europe.
While this syllabus gives a fairly accurate portrayal of the material we will cover, additional material may be assigned (and assigned material may be dropped or altered) at any time as the semester progresses, in order to better suit the needs and interests of the class.
Recommended or required reading
Vsevolod Pudovkin — Mother, 1926
Sergei Eisenstein — Battleship Potemkin, 1925, October
Robert Weine - Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1920
Fritz Lang - M, 1931, Metropolis, 1927Martin Frič - Hej Rup!, 1936, Jánošík 1935,
Vladislav Vančura - Marjika nevernica
Ivan Pyryev - Cossacks of the Kuban, 1950
Martin Ťapak - My Native Land, 1954
Jerzy Kawalerowicz - Cellulose, 1953
Elo Havetta - Celebration in the Botanical Garden, 1969
Dušan Hának - Pictures of the Old World, 1972
Juraj Jakubisko - Birds, Orphans, and Fools, 1969
Věra Chytilová Daisies, 1966
Jan Švankmajer —assorted short films (1964-1970)
Ester Krumbáchová - Murder of Engineer Devil, 1969
Jan Němec - A Report on the Party and the Guests, 1966
Pavel Juráček - Josef Kilián, 1963
Dušan Makavejev— W.R. : Mysteries of the Organism, 1972
Aleksandar Petrović — I Even Met Happy Gypsies 1967
Zelimir Zilnik — Early Works, 1968.
Andrzej Munk - Eroica, 1958
Andzrej Wajda — Ashes and Diamonds, 1958
Krysztof Kieslowski — Decalogue I, 1988
Karel Plicka - The Earth Sings, 1933
Walter Rutmann - Berlin, Symphony of a Great City, 1925
Dziga Vertov — Man With a Movie Camera, 1929
Tarr Bela - Werckmeister Harmonies, 2000, Sátántangó, 1994 (excerpts only)
Andrej Tarkovsky— Solaris, 1972
Martin Šulik — The Garden, 1993
Tomáš Vorel — Smoke, 1990
Werner Herzog — Aguire : The Wrath of God, 1972
Rainer Werner Fassbinder — Berlin Alexanderplatz, 1980
Wim Wenders - Wings of Desire 1987
V.I. Lenin - “The Lenin Decree”, Sergei Eisenstein “The Method of Making Workers’ Films”
Siegfried Kracauer - “From Caligari to Hitler” Chapter 5
Andre Breton, “The Surrealist Manifesto”
Karel Teige “The Poetist Manifesto”, Jan Mukařovský, „A Note on the Aesthetics of Film “
Zdena Skupinová, „Sedmikrásky / Daisies“
Jana Dudková, “On Celebration in the Botanical Garden”
Petre Petrov, „The Industry of Truing: Socialist Realism, Reality, Realization“
Nina Power, “Blood And Sugar: The Films of Dušan Makavejev”
Bohdan Kosinski, Krysztof Kieslowski, et al. “Documentary Filmmakers Make Their Case”
Dziga Vertov “WE: Variant of a Manifesto"
Jerry White, “BRAKHAGE'S TARKOVSKY AND TARKOVSKY'S BRAKHAGE: Collectivity, Subjectivity, and the Dream of Cinema”
Václav Havel, Power of the Powerless
Jan Švankmajer - “The Decalogue”
Katarína Myšíková, „The Real Story: Indexing Strategy of Slovak Social Drama Films“
Thomas Elsaesser — “Fassbinder Representing Germany”
Oberhausen Manifesto I & II.
Assessment methods and criteria
This course will be graded according to 5 areas— class attendance, class participation, written homework assignments, a 5-7 page midterm paper, and an in class final exam. The breakdown is here:
Class Attendance— 15%
Class Participation — 15%
Midterm Paper — 20%
Written assignments - 30%
Final Exam — 20%
Students must hand in all work and attend all meetings with me to get a final grade.
Instructor: Mgr. Nick Hudáč, Ph.D.
Office: Nám. Jana palacha 2, Katedra filmových studií, Filozofická Fakulta UK 406
Office hours: Friday 14:00-15:00 and online by appointment
Course may be repeated
This course is an elective for all AMU students
Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:
Room No. 6
Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Directing for Dramatic Theatre in English (M.A.) (optional subject)
- Cinematography_3_2021 (optional subject)
- Photography EN - Bachelor-1920 (optional subject)
- Photography EN - Master-1920 (optional subject)
- Cinema and Digital Media - Directing_1920 (required optional subject)
- Cinema and Digital Media - Directing 2020 (required optional subject)