Cinefication in Three Scenes

Lecture | April 25 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Pavle Levi, Professor, Film and Media Studies, Stanford University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

This talk will diagnose and theoretically elaborate the notion of reality’s “general cinefication” by drawing on a range of post-WWII experimental and documentary film practices and spectatorial experiences. Questions pertaining to the politics of East European filmmaking in the age of moving image’s ubiquity will be explored through the consideration of works by Zelimir Zilnik, Bojan Jovanovic, Bora Cosic, Tomislav Gotovac, Slobodan Sijan, and others. Particular attention will be paid to the manner in which the rise of ethno-nationalist ideology in late 1980s Yugoslavia was captured and critically exposed in some extraordinary, but little known, films from that era.