This course is devoted to the critical study and possible production of moving-image art. It should engage students in the history, theory, and/or production of cinema. We will examine the moving image across a range of industrial and artisanal contexts and will understand cinema as an art, business, and technology. We will explore the narrative, artistic, cultural, economic, and political implications of the cinema.
Think of your favorite movie. Was it the story you liked? Or the characters? The action? How about the look of it? Digging deep into your gut feelings about movies is just the beginning of film studies.
If movies mean more to you than just an evening out with your friends, this could be the class for you. You’ll learn how to discuss and write about films critically. You’ll also learn about the connections movies have to history and national identities. You’ll even learn what all those people listed in the credits actually do, like a gaffer is a lighting technician.
We will watch a wide variety of movies...covering many genres. We will take a historical or chronological approach, starting with a film from the early 1900s until now.
The Great Train Robbery
The Devil's Brother
It Happened One Night
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Gone With the Wind
The Wizard of Oz