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Film Form and Culture
Also offered as: ENGL245.
Introduction to film as art form and how films create meaning. Basic film terminology; fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Examination of film technique and style over past one hundred years. Social and economic functions of film within broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts.
Film Art in a Global Society
Also offered as: CMLT280.
Comparative study of a variety of film traditions from around the world including cinema from Hollywood, Europe, Asia and developing countries, with a stress on different cultural contexts for film-making and viewing.
Heroes and Villains in American Film
We will examine the complex, changing, and ever-present representations of heroes and villains in American film. Beginning with a foundational understanding of how heroes and, conversely, villains have been defined through classic Hollywood film, we will explore how these definitions have shifted throughout the 20th and 21st century in various narrative genres, including westerns, war films, film noir, fantasy, science fiction, and, of course, superhero movies.
Cinema History II: The Sound Era
Introduction to the international history of cinema from sound around 1930 to the present.
American Jewish Comedy: From the Marx Brothers to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Students will explore comedy as an expression of both American Jewish identity and American culture writ large, across several media: literature, television, film, graphic literature, stand-up, and theater.
Politics and Memory on Screen: A History of Latin American Cinema
Brazilian films from the late 1950s to the present with a special view to the relationship between cinema, society, historical dates, and social changes in Brazil. Taught in English.
Soviet Cinema and Empire
Examination of the concepts of "empire" and "nation" through their representation in Soviet cinema. Taught in English.
Writing About Cinema
An examination of various ways that critics, writers, and filmmakers have written about cinema, with special emphasis on the practice of popular film criticism. Includes a large practicum component in writing film criticism, blogging and vlogging, and workshopping other creative and essayistic writing around cinema and cinematic topics.
Exploration of disaster films in Hollywood and global cinema during the past century. The course will examine disaster films, such as Godzilla, King Kong, and Contagion, as a form of cinema's critical encounter with war, colonialism, and scientific development.
Paranoia and Conspiracy Narrative in Contemporary Cinema
Exploration of conspiratorial narratives in contemporary cinema with the aim of understanding conspiracy as a political and philosophical concept, a dominant cultural trope, and an expression of social crisis.
Experiential Learning: Film Studies
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Touted as the most expensive German series ever made, Babylon Berlin has reached audiences around the globe since its inception in 2017. Set in Berlin during the final years of the Weimar Republic, the series offers viewers a panoramic take on class, gender, and sexual relations in the German capital. This course will develop a critical approach to Babylon Berlin as a blockbuster production of neoliberal media culture by examining a range of topics, including its aesthetic form and citational style; the role of digital media in its international distribution, reception, and fandom; and its transhistorical mode of representation. A key focus will be the show's intermedial engagement with Weimar film theory, culture, and politics. Taught in English.
Italian Cinema II—In Translation
A study of Italian society and culture through the medium of film from the mid 1970's to the present. Taught in English.