FILM-C 292 An Introduction to Film (3 cr.) Nature of film technique and film language; analysis of specific films; major historical, theoretical, and critical developments in film and film study from the beginnings of cinema to the present. A Core Curriculum Course.
FILM C—350 Film Noir (3 cr.) Private detectives, femmes fatales, dark, shadowy criminal underworlds. But what, really, is Film Noir? A genre? A historical cycle? A style? Film scholars don’t agree. Iconic noirs of the 1940s and 1950s lurk here alongside international examples, precursors, and contemporary neo-noirs.
FILM C351 Musicals (3 cr.) A study of the genre from the dawn of "talkies" to the Glee era; the film musical in its folk, fairy tale, and show business variants; the "organic" musical; Busby Berkeley; Astaire and Rogers; the Freed Unit at M-G-M; Broadway adaptations; revisionist musicals; revival in the 2000s: All will be covered.
FILM—C352 Biopics (3 cr.) A highly respectable genre of very low repute; the "Great Man" biopic, the Female Biopic and the historical stages of both; the minority appropriation; the "biopic of somebody who doesn’t deserve one," and more. Come have the time of someone else’s life.
FILM—C361 Hollywood Studio Era 1930-1949 (3 cr.) Hollywood’s "Golden Age"; "pre-Code" era; genres, auteurs, and stars; "House style"; "mass audience" when that meant something; the House Un-American Activities Committee and the Hollywood Ten; the U.S. vs. Paramount decision and other factors that ended the era.
FILM—C362 Hollywood in the 1950s (3 cr.) A period of transition and reinvention. Television, the blacklist, widescreen, Method acting, psychological realism, the decline of the Production Code, the influence of art cinema; iconic films from Sunset Blvd. to Some Like It Hot, Singin’ in the Rain to The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause to On the Waterfront.
FILM—C380 French Cinema (3 cr.) Arguably the world’s most fervid and versatile film culture; the first public film showings; the first fantasy/science fiction films; the wide-screen lens; the idea of film noir, the Auteur Theory, the New Wave; philosophy and aesthetics, culture and politics; the cross-pollenation between French and U.S. cinemas.
FILM-C 390 The Film and Society: Topics (3 cr.) Film and politics; race and gender; social influences of the cinema; rise of the film industry. May be repeated once with different topic. Topics have included African Americans and Film, War and Cinema, Silent Cinema, and American Film in the 1990s.
FILM-C 391 The Film: Theory and Aesthetics (3 cr.) Film form and techniques; aesthetic and critical theories of the cinema; relationships between film movements and literary and artistic movements; relationships of word and image; analysis of significant motion pictures.
FILM-C 392 Genre Study in Film (3 cr.) Problems of definition; the evolution of film genres such as criminal or social drama, comedy, the western, science fiction, horror, or documentary film; themes, subject matter, conventions, and iconography peculiar to given genres; relationship of film genres to literary genres. Focus on one specific genre each time the course is offered. May be repeated once with different topic.
FILM-C 393 History of European and American Films I (3 cr.) C393 is a survey of the development of cinema during the period 1895-1926 (the silent film era).
FILM-C 394 History of European and American Films II (3 cr.) C394 is a survey of European and American cinema since 1927. Particular attention paid to representative work of leading filmmakers, emergence of film movements and development of national trends, growth of film industry, and impact of television.
FILM-C 491 Authorship and Cinema (3 cr.) Study of the work of one or more film artists. Attention paid to the style, themes, and methods that make the filmmaker’s work unique. Filmmakers studied in the contexts of film traditions, ideologies, and industries that informed their work. May be repeated once with a different topic.
FILM-C 493 Film Adaptations of Literature (3 cr.) Analysis of the processes and problems involved in turning a literary work (novel, play, or poem) into a screenplay and then into a film. Close study of literary and film techniques and short exercises in adaptation.
FILM-W 260 Film Criticism (3 cr.) Viewing and critiquing current films, with emphasis on the quality of production and direction. Contemporary films are viewed; papers serve as a basis for discussion during class. Students will be expected to pay for their movie admissions.