Film Studies

Film Studies

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.

Potential Films

1900's

The Great Train Robbery

1920's

The Kid

The General

Steamboat Willie

1930's

King Kong

It Happened One Night

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Potential Films

1940's


The Mummy's Tomb

​The Mummy's Hand

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Yankee Doodle Dandy

​Casablanca

Holiday Inn

It's a Wonderful Life


1950's


The Day the Earth Stood Still

Singin' in the Rain

Rear Window

Rebel Without a Cause

The Red Balloon

​North by Northwest

Some Like It Hot

Old Yeller

The Blob

Potential Films

1960's


The Parent Trap

Ocean's Eleven

Breakfast at Tiffany's

​Goldfinger

The Sound of Music

​Viva Las Vegas


1970's


Tora! Tora! Tora!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Cowboys

The Poseidon Adventure

​Jaws

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Rocky

Grease

Potential Films

1980's


The Empire Strikes Back

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

​Poltergeist

Red Dawn

Back to the Future

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

​Top Gun

Spaceballs

Beaches

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

​Big

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


1990's


Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

My Life

​Nightmare before Christmas

The Pagemaster

The Little Rascals

Forrest Gump

When We Were Kings

Twister

Potential Films

2000's


Frequency

Ocean's Eleven

Signs

Sweet Home Alabama

Coach Carter

The Great and Powerful Oz

​Where the Wild Things Are


2010's


Inception

Fast Five

Super 8

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Guardians of the Galaxy


2020's