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Film Studies

FILM 210W History of Cinema: The Rise of Classical Narrative (1)

A study of the development of traditional narrative cinema. The course will consider films ranging from the early primitive period to the 1950s, including particularly the contributions of Griffith, of the German and Soviet silent schools, of France between the wars and of Hollywood throughout the period.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Nolley

FILM 235 (IT) Cinematic Approaches to a Revolution (1)

This course explores an international sampling of cinematic approaches to revolution from World War II to Vietnam with a strong emphasis on art cinema. Historical and theoretical readings supplement weekly screenings of films by the major auteurs of this period. Semiotic, Situationist, auteur, feminist, and other film theories contribute to daily classroom and formal project and paper discussion.

  • Prerequisites: FILM 210W or consent of instructor.
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Cox

FILM 245 (CA) Minor Cinema: The Case of Spain (1)

This course takes as its point of departure the concept of “minor cinema” developed from the theoretical work on “minor literature.” It uses the history of Spanish film production and distribution as a case study of minor cinematic practices through its unique intersection of politics, colonization, and collectivity. A brief history of Spanish cinema will introduce the course, but the emphasis will be on the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco (1939-1975) to the present.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: FILM 210W or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Cox

FILM 499 Senior Project (1)

Development of a senior thesis or project approved by Film Studies faculty and developed in a group seminar as well as advanced independent work.

  • Prerequisite: Film Studies major and senior standing.
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff