13. Course unit: Screen Politics and Film History

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: Seminar (Practice), Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: term mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 2nd semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

The course focuses on the political and historical questions arising in the 1960s and 70s and during the regime changes in Central Europe through the Central European (Polish, Czechoslovak, Hungarian, Yugoslav, Romanian) modern film styles, especially the works of Miklós Jancsó, Márta Mészáros, István Szabó, Péter Gothár and Andrzej Wajda, Miloš Forman, Jiří Menzel, Alexander Petrović. The so called new wave cinema reflects on the problems of ‘Middle’ European identity, its topics and style is a tool of preserving national identities, of political resistance and of criticizing the status quo. The social.-analytical films made by the so called Budapest school are also important documents of the era. The fumbling of the Central European cinema after the regime changes in the region maps the self-identification trials and errors of the region: it is not sufficient anymore to follow the good old ways. As the society takes new ways, the film does too: following a Western pattern toward genre films.

3–5 most important obligatory and recommended literature (books, textbooks) with the bibliographical data:

– Kötelező:

Hames, Peter (ed.): The Cinema of Central Europe. London: Wallflower, 2004. 288 p. (ISBN 978-1-904764-20-5)

Imre, Anikó (ed.): A Companion to Eastern European Cinemas. John Wiley & Sons, 2012. 544 p. (ISBN 978-1-4443-3725-9)

Iordanova, Dina: Cinema of the Other Europe: The Industry and A rtistry of East Central European Film. London: Wallflower, 2003. 208 p. (ISBN 978-1-9033-6461-1)

Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema: Portraying Neighbours on-screen. Ewa Mazierska, Lars Kristensen, Eva Naripea eds. London: I. B. Tauris, 2013. 342 p. (ISBN 978-1-7807-6301-9 )



Kovács, András Bálint: Screening Modernism: European Art Cinema, 1950–1980. (Cinema and Modernity.) Chicago, University Of Chicago Press, 2008. 432 p. (ISBN 978-0-2264-5165-7)

Catherine Portuges: Screen memories: The Hungarian cinema of Márta Mészáros. Indiana University Press, 1993. 200 p. (ISBN 978-0-2532-0782-1)

Course director: Dr. Dallos, Csaba Senior Lecturer, PhD

Participating teacher: Török, Zsuzsanna Assistant Professor