Directions, Objectives, and Author's Concepts of Audiovisual Media Interpretations of School and University in the Soviet Cinema of The ‘Stagnation’ Period (1969-1985)
Media Education, № 3, 2017
23 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 16, 2017
The films of the "stagnation" period (1969-1985) related to school/university topic show that on the screen:
- The educational process went beyond the previous strict framework of rules, the persistence of rigid communist landmarks, and the anti-religious orientation were no longer imposed;
- The students' activity that mostly used to be directed to the outside world, began to shift to their inner worlds and feelings;
- The main conflicts were built on the opposition of non-ordinary teachers and students vs. stagnation, bureaucracy, mediocricy of the authorities / colleagues / classmates;
- The relationships between teachers and students were becoming more democratic and free;
- The prestige of the pedagogical profession in the eyes of students and society went sharply down;
- There were problem zones at school and university (crisis, disappointment and fatigue, professional "burnout" of teachers; pragmatic cynicism of students, teenage cruelty, etc.).
Transformation also existed in the gender aspect of the school/university films. In the 1960s and the mid-1970s, the screen teacher is usually a man; then in the late 1970s - early 1980s the teachers are mostly female, often single and lonely.
Keywords: Audiovisual Text, Cinema, Film, School, Students, Teachers, The USSR
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