The Art of the Film
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|June 23, 2014 - July 11, 2014||3||M-F 12:45-3:35P||Open||Jeremy Powell||10091|
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 one important international film genre, the European Art Film, which we will consider through both historical and philosophical registers, analyzing the emergence of the "art film" as a distinct category of production and exhibition, while also asking how this genre defines the relationship between film and art.
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.