Course Descriptions

FILM 110 (CA) Introduction to Cinema Studies (1)

An introduction to the critical study of film and moving images, covering basic elements of cinema—construction of the image in the frame (including lighting, the use of black and white and color), editing, elements of sound, and narrative strategies. The course will consider the effects of technological changes on cinematic practice, on the nature of the film industry and on audiences. Emphasis on constructing readings of films as well as on basic theoretical strategies that question and critique the role of cinema in culture and society.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Bishop, Cox, Fofana, Michel

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
  • Prerequisites: 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