COML124 - World Film Hist '45-Pres

Status
O
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
601
Title (text only)
World Film Hist '45-Pres
Term
2020A
Subject area
COML
Section number only
601
Section ID
COML124601
Course number integer
124
Meeting times
TR 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Peter Lesnik
Description
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), American movies of the 1950s and 1960s (including the New Hollywood cinema of Coppola and Scorsese), and the various other new wave movements of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s (such as 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, ranging from the Paramount Decision of 1948 to the digital convergences that are defining screen culture today. There are no perquisites. Requirements will include readings in film history and film analysis, an analytical essay, a research paper, weekly Canvas postings, and active participation in class discussion.

Fulfills Cross Cultural Analysis and Arts and Letters Sectors.


Course number only
124
Cross listings
CIMS102601, ARTH109601, ENGL092601
Fulfills
Arts & Letters Sector
Use local description
Yes

COML123 - World Film Hist To 1945

Status
O
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
601
Title (text only)
World Film Hist To 1945
Term
2020A
Subject area
COML
Section number only
601
Section ID
COML123601
Course number integer
123
Meeting times
W 05:00 PM-08:00 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Peter Lesnik
Description
This course surveys the history of world film from cinema s precursors to 1945. We will develop methods for analyzing film while examining the growth of film as an art, an industry, a technology, and a political instrument. Topics include the emergence of film technology and early film audiences, the rise of narrative film and birth of Hollywood, national film industries and movements, African-American independent film, the emergence of the genre film (the western, film noir, and romantic comedies), ethnographic and documentary film, animated films, censorship, the MPPDA and Hays Code, and the introduction of sound. We will conclude with the transformation of several film industries into propaganda tools during World War II (including the Nazi, Soviet, and US film industries). In addition to contemporary theories that investigate the development of cinema and visual culture during the first half of the 20th century, we will read key texts that contributed to the emergence of film theory. There are no prerequisites. Students are required to attend screenings or watch films on their own.
Course number only
123
Cross listings
CIMS101601, ARTH108601, ENGL091601
Fulfills
Arts & Letters Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Use local description
No

COML981 - M.A. Exam Prep

Status
O
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
1
Title (text only)
M.A. Exam Prep
Term
2020A
Subject area
COML
Section number only
001
Section ID
COML981001
Course number integer
981
Registration notes
Permission Needed From Instructor
Meeting times
T 06:30 PM-09:30 PM
Level
graduate
Instructors
Emily Wilson
Description
Course open to first-year Comparative Literature graduate students in preparation for required M.A. exam taken in spring of first year.
Course number only
981
Use local description
No