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ARTH 109 | COML 400 | ENGL 092
920 | LEC | Anat Dan | TR 9am-12:50pm | Online SYNC

Summer II: July 1 - August 6, 2021

This course is offered online in synchronous format.

Focusing on movies made after 1945, this course allows students to learn and to sharpen methods, terminologies, and tools needed for the critical analysis of film. Beginning with the cinematic revolution signaled by the Italian Neo-Realism (of Rossellini and De Sica), we will follow the evolution of postwar cinema through the French New Wave (of Godard, Resnais, and Varda), and the various other new wave movements of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s (such as Third Cinema the New German Cinema). We will then selectively examine some of the most important films of the last three decades, including those of U.S. independent film movement and movies from Iran, China, and elsewhere in an expanding global cinema culture. There will be precise attention paid to formal and stylistic techniques in editing, mise-en-scene, and sound, as well as to the narrative, non-narrative, and generic organizations of film. At the same time, those formal features will be closely linked to historical and cultural distinctions and changes. There are no perquisites. Requirements will include readings in film history and film analysis, an analytical essay, a final exam, weekly Canvas postings, and active participation in class discussion.

Fulfills Cross Cultural Analysis and Arts & Letters Sector.