2009-2010 Film Studies Courses

FILM 110 Introduction to Film History and Aesthetics (4)
This course examines the formal elements of film and its history, from the earliest experiments in motion photography through the present. Students will learn the terminology and concepts of film analysis (mise-en-scene, montage, cinematography, etc.) in the context of film's evolution across the twentieth century.
 
FILM 210 History of American Cinema (4)
This course surveys the historical development of film in the United States and its place in American culture, beginning with the earliest experiments in motion photography, through the silent era, the studio system and the influence of television. It examines the dominant genres such as comedy, musical, film noir, and western films. It explores the development of formal elements of film, including editing, sound, and color.
 
FILM 220 History of World Cinema (4)
A selective consideration of films from around the world and from various historical periods, World Cinema focuses predominantly but not exclusively on films from the developing world and from underrepresented populations in the West. The emphasis is on cinema's intersection with social realities. Students may consider cinematic engagements with such issues as African decolonization, gender segregation in middle-class Indian homes in the 1950s, and poverty in urban Brazil. Prerequisite: FILM 110.
 
FILM 300 Special Topics (1-4)
This is the general designation for film electives, which explore specific elements of film, film history, and interdisciplinary film studies. Courses include: Film Theory, Cinematography and Editing, National Cinemas, Documentary Film, Sociology of Popular Culture, Screenwriting, Film Genres, Narrative and Adaptation, and Race in Film.
 
FILM 310 Film Theory (4)
A survey of the most important and influential schools of film theory and criticism, including Soviet montage, semiotics, feminism, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies. Students will read and discuss influential texts of film theory, and will also consider films themselves as theoretical interventions. The course will likely include writings by such figures as Andre Bazin, Sergei Eisenstein, Walter Benjamin, Christian Metz, and Mary Ann Doane. Prerequisite: FILM 110.