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The Art of the Film

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 22, 2015 - July 10, 20153M-F 12:15-3:05POpenJeremy Powell10091

Course Description

In “THE ART OF THE FILM” we will examine the dramatic effects and cultural implications of the techniques used in filmmaking, and some of the central developments in film’s artistic and technological history. The course will be broken down into a series of sections, each based upon a given formal technique (mise-en-scene, lighting, editing, sound, etc.) or important concepts in film theory (montage, realism, the politics of representation, gender, experimental strategies, etc.). The final week is devoted to the close study of Film Noir, a popular genre which we will consider through both historical and philosophical registers, analyzing the emergence of the genre from international influences on mid-century Hollywood as well as its proliferation throughout later global cinema.

This course provides students with the basic tools and methods for film appreciation, film study, and film critique, as well as an understanding of film history. The goal is to develop students’ capacities for the analytic description and critical interpretation of popular cultural forms. Assignments include daily film screenings, nightly readings, group discussion, a film journal, in-class presentations, quizzes, and exams.

No previous knowledge of film studies is required.