Film study entails understanding the history and aesthetics of this popular art
form, and the theoretical approaches used in its analysis. The Film Studies minor
offers students the opportunity to develop a critical and analytical perspective
about film from which they will be able to examine different national traditions
210 – Introduction to Film – An introduction to the study of film
that teaches the critical tools necessary for the analysis and interpretation of
the medium. Students will learn to analyze cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing,
sound, and narration while being exposed to the various perspectives of film criticism
and theory. Through frequent sequence analyses from sample films and the application
of different critical approaches, students will learn to approach the film medium
as an art. Four hours. Staff.
215 – Australian Film – A close study of Australian "New Wave"
Cinema, considering a wide range of post- 1970 feature films as cultural artifacts.
Among the directors studied are Bruce Beresford, Peter Weir, Simon Wincer, Gillian
Armstrong, and Jane Campion. Offered every three years. Four hours. Sheckels.
228 – The Holocaust in German and European Film - This survey course
introduces students to German and European Film on the Holocaust. Students will
study films that deal both with the history and the aftermath of the Holocaust,
and learn how the Holocaust affected most of Europe. In addition to weekly filmscreenings,
students will read texts on the Holocaust and give presentations, as well as write
a final paper. By the end of this course, students will develop the necessary skills
to interpret and critique international films.They will also be able to compare
how the history of the Holocaust has beendepicted in various German and European
films, and they will be able to explain the historical contexts of the countries
producing these films. Three hours. Moser.
243 – History of American Film – This course offers a historical
survey of American film, from the silent era to the present, with an emphasis on
major American films, directors, styles, and genres. The focus will be on "Hollywood"
and feature film-making, but other topics such as documentaries will be discussed.
This course will introduce students to the serious study of film by focusing on
the critical tools and theoretical perspectives necessary for analysis and interpretation.
Students will also consider how changes in media and technology have affected American
films and film history.Offered alternate years. Four hours. Staff.
244 – Introduction to International Film – This course is one of
the basic requirements for the study of film history, with emphasis on major international
films, directors, styles, and genres. It is the second course that will introduce
students to the study of film by focusing on critical tools and a variety of film/media
theories necessary for the analysis and interpretation of film. Moreover, through
the discussion of influential international films, students will be introduced to
stories. Also, because of the effects of globalization and movements of people,
students will explore topics such as identity, nationality, and multiculturalism
to better understand the world today. Offered alternate years. Four hours. Eren.
253 - History of American Independent Film - This course traces
the evolution of a parallel or second American cinema that developed outside the
Hollywood studio system and the Production Code's censors. Comprised ofdiverse perspectives,
alternative production modes, and non-classical storystructures, the independent
film was able to address subjects--racial, labor, feminist and gay--that Hollywood
was reluctant, or unable, to represent. Dailyscreenings, lectures, readings. Four
254 - New Turkish Cinema - Since the mid-1990s Turkish cinema has witnessed a revival via commercial and art house films by world–caliber artists such Nuri Belgi Ceylan, Yeşim Ustaoğlu or Fatih Akın. This course is designed to offer a coherent overview of the new cinema of Turkey with a selection of films representing a multitude of voices and perspectives. Students will look at the work of key film directors and develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues that Turkey faces today – Ataturk's legacy and the rise of political Islam, Turkey's possible membership in the European Union, issues of identity (national, ethnic, class-based, gender, sexuality), and Turkey's role in the Middle East. They will also acquire an understanding of the critical tools necessary for the analysis and interpretation of film. 4 hours. Eren.
261 – Writing for Film – An introduction to the principles and
practices on screenwriting, this course analyses the theories, structures, and themes
of comedic and dramatic storytelling and explores the creative stages and chronological
stages in script development. Offered annually. Three hours. Salins.
262 – Filmmaking – An introduction to the visualization practices
and production principles of filmmaking with an in-depth examination of the professional
language, personnel, equipment, and technical components involved in pre-production,
production, and post-production. An exploration of thecreative role of the director
in such activities as artistic shot selection, visual and audio synchronization,
music and sound alignment, storyboard development, cinematography, and editing.
An examination of the process of filmmaking with an emphasis on interaction and
coordination among such elements as scene construction, frame composition, lens
selection, lighting, camera placement or movement, and film coverage/ratios. Offered
annually. Three hours. Salins.
275 – French Cinema – An introduction to the rich history and development
of French cinema, from the Lumière brothers in 1895 to the latest generation of
French filmmakers. Students will analyze the films of major film directors and movements
of French filmmaking, study the endurance and resilience of French cinema, and examine
the characteristics that make thiscinema particularly "French." Special attention
is given to cinematographic genres and aesthetics, and the contribution of French
filmmakers to film as an art form. Students will also study French cinema in its
relationship to modern France and analyze the socio-political and historical contexts
represented in films. Prerequisites: FREN 232 and 241 or departmental permission.
Three hours. Teixidor.
292 – Japanese Film as History: The Works of Kurosawa Akira – This
course serves as general introduction to postwar Japanese film throughclose examination
of several films of Kurosawa Akira, one of the most celebrated directors in the
history of the medium. Classic samurai drama such as "Rashomon", "The Seven Samurai",
and other period films will be the focus of the course. Students will be introduced
to basic theories and concepts in film studies, as well as topics in Japanese history
relevant to both the settings and production of the films. Close attention will
also be paid to issues of nationalism, gender, war and cross-cultural adaptation.
Japanese language skills are not required. Same as ASTU 292. Offered alternate years.
Four hours. Munson.
300 – Topics in Film Studies Research – Students may select a research
topic in a specialized area in film studies. Projects are student-designed in consultation
with a faculty member. A proposal (including a literature review or bibliography/filmography
and a research plan) must be submitted to the faculty member by the end of the second
week of the term in which the research is to be completed. The project culminates
in a paper presented to the supervising faculty member and perhaps others by the
end of that term. Prerequisites: FILM 210 and permission of the program director.
Three hours. Staff.
345 – Major Film Makers – An examination of the works of four or
five major figures in film history. For example, the works of such figures as Eisentein,
D. W. Griffith, Renoir, Welles, Hitchcock, Hawks, Chaplin, and Truffaut might be
included. Offered alternate years. Four hours. Staff.
346 – Film Genres – A detailed examination of several film genres,
such as the musical, the suspense film, the political film, and the French "New
Wave". Offered alternate years. Four hours. Staff.