Cult-J: Race and Power in Cold War Film(Amelia Glaser, UCSD)
Weeks 1 & 2, T/Th 12:00 noon (NY time)
In this course we will discuss American and Soviet films from the interwar period that deal with race. These films from what some call the "early Cold War" will help us to understand how race and values around race figure into the relationship between the US and the USSR. We will discuss formal devices such as editing, casting, and the use of sound in film to engage in questions surrounding ethnic diversity. We will focus on 2 films: Crosland's "The Jazz Singer" (1927) and Alexandrov's "Circus" (1936).