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


The Great Train Robbery


The Kid

The General

Steamboat Willie


King Kong

It Happened One Night

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Potential Films


The Mummy's Tomb

​The Mummy's Hand

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Yankee Doodle Dandy


Holiday Inn

It's a Wonderful Life


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


The Parent Trap

Ocean's Eleven

Breakfast at Tiffany's


The Sound of Music

​Viva Las Vegas


Tora! Tora! Tora!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Cowboys

The Poseidon Adventure


The Outlaw Josey Wales



Potential Films


The Empire Strikes Back

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


Red Dawn

Back to the Future

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

​Top Gun



Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

My Life

​Nightmare before Christmas

The Pagemaster

The Little Rascals

Forrest Gump

When We Were Kings


Potential Films



Ocean's Eleven


Sweet Home Alabama

Coach Carter

The Great and Powerful Oz

​Where the Wild Things Are



Fast Five

Super 8

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Guardians of the Galaxy