Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will explore theories of film from the 1930s to today. Topics covered will include: the nature of film, film's status as art, realism in film, how film compares to other media, how to evaluate and interpret films, how we relate to film characters, and how film structure and style can elicit emotion from the viewer.
Assignments include: weekly readings, weekly mandatory screenings, submission of reading questions two or three times during the semester, two short papers, and a final paper. Active participation during class discussion is required.
I have a strictly enforced attendance policy. If you miss more than two classes, you cannot get an A in the course, and if you miss more than three classes, you will fail the course. (Exceptions can be made in case of extraordinary circumstances, of course.)
Rudolph Arnheim, Film as Art, Univ of California Press, 1957
Victor Perkins, Film as Film, De Capo Press, 1972
Carl Plantinga, Moving Viewers, Univ of California Press, 2009
Berys Gaut, A Philosophy of Cinematic Art, Cambridge Univ Press, 2010
All other readings will be on e-reserve.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, the course readings are all complex theoretical readings. I recommend this course to students who are familiar and comfortable with this type of reading. Also, graduate-level standards of grammatical writing will be very strictly enforced.