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FILM 2332 Understanding Film (3 semester hours) Explores artistic, philosophical, political, and psychological dimensions of the motion-picture experience. This course analyzes visual language, cinematic codes, and the ways that films can embody or criticize popular ideas and attitudes. Emphasis may be on film analysis, film compared to the other arts, the functions of art, films as artifacts, the relationship between the filmmakers and the film, the filmmakers and society, or theories of film production and reception. (3-0) Y
FILM 2V71 Independent Study in Film (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) R
FILM 3321 Film in Historical Context (3 semester hours) Films in history and as history. Historical studies of major films, genres, and movements from the silent era to the present. Topics may include the history of documentary, fiction, or experimental film and video; film genres such as the western, the horror film, or the melodrama viewed in a historical context. Courses on film movements focus on a national cinema at a specific time (such as German Expressionism, Soviet Socialist Realism, Italian Neo-Realism, or French New Wave). May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: FILM 2332 or equivalent. (3-0) Y
FILM 3325 Film Authorship (3 semester hours) Film history focused through one to two directors per course, from the directors' early efforts through the final films they directed. Lectures, discussions, and film screenings are designed to explore films as part of cultural history, cinema history, and the history of criticism, including various theories about the nature of film authorship. May be repeated for credit as directors vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: FILM 2332 or equivalent. (3-0) R
FILM 3342 Topics in Film (3 semester hours) Explores the changing nature, practices, and principles of film. Topics may focus on the varied nature of the collaborative filmmaking process, the rise of cinema as a public entertainment, thematic issues, or relationships between film and social change. Sections may be devoted to independent cinema, contemporary international cinema, or aspects of filmmaking such as scriptwriting. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: FILM 2332 or equivalent. (3-0) R
FILM 4V71 Independent Study in Film (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and completion of all lower-division requirements in AP and permission of the instructor. ([1-3]-0) R