Introduction to basic film history, theory, and analytical skills. An historical overview of contemporary international cinema.
Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019
This course is an introduction to cinema through an investigation of the films from 1960 until 2000. We will read about and discuss the aesthetic, theoretical, technological, social, and economic considerations surrounding this cinema. The primary objective of the course is to provide students with an introductory understanding of cinema from this period as well as to sharpen skills in film analysis. 1960-2000 is a vibrant and exciting time period to investigate. There is a tremendous amount of social upheaval, technological changes, economic shifts, and industry changes that affect the films that are produced. To study such a large spectrum, we will closely consider several specific moments. In particular, the course will carefully investigate the changes in the film industry in the 1960s. We will look at the cultural, technological, and industry changes that made this an impactful decade on contemporary film. In addition to this, we will study the concept of the auteur through the films of Jane Campion. We will also study impactful Global movements during this time period, specifically from Africa and Germany. Throughout the course we will always be sharpening our ability to analyze film form through close readings of the films that we are studying. And we will begin to identify basic theoretical concepts you may encounter and study more in depth if you take later film classes. We will also consider case studies of women in film and representation of race in film during this time period to study the evolution of ideological changes in content and form.
After taking FTS 10, students should: Have a foundational understanding of the film industry during the historical period under study as well as comprehend the social context in which the films we analyze are produced. Be able to critically analyze a film from the standpoint of narrative structure, mise-en-scène, and editing. Be conversant in the basic language of film theory (genre, auteur, and function of form). Be familiar with the key figures in motion picture production in the various geographical and thematic areas we address.
For this course, students will have to do readings and watch films for every class. The readings will be posted on blackboard and information on where to find the films will also be posted. Students will write screening notes, responses to the reading, quizzes, a short paper and an exam. There will also be some creative assignments to engage more thoroughly with the concepts we are studying. Additionally, students will interact with each other through the discussion board to further analyze the material as a class.
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