This course is designed to introduce the basic methods and concepts of cinema studies to new majors. The course aims to help students develop a range of analytical skills that will form the basis of their study of film and other moving-image media they will encounter in cinema studies. By the end of the semester, students will: 1) be fluent in the basic vocabulary of film form; 2) recognize variations of mode and style within the dominant modes of production (narrative, documentary, and experimental); 3) appreciate the relationship between formal analysis and questions of interpretation; and 4) grasp the mechanics of structuring a written argument about a film’s meaning. Lectures and readings provide a detailed introduction to the basic terms of film scholarship, and to some critical issues associated with particular modes of film production and criticism. Screenings introduce students to the historical and international range of production that cinema studies addresses. Recitations provide students with opportunities to review the content of readings and lectures, and to develop their skills of analysis and interpretation in discussion.
CINEMA STUDIES MAJORS and pre-approved minors ONLY.
Section 002 / 9:30-10:45am, class #13805
Section 003 / 11:00am-12:15pm, class #13806
Section 004 / 12:30-1:45pm, class #13807