Summer 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Kretschmar K
Discipline and Number
FILM 2332 Section 59M
MW Time 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Course Title
Understanding Film

Description of Course:

This course is designed to familiarize students with the history of film as a medium of artistic and ideological expression and help them develop a vocabulary for discussing and analyzing film texts in an informed, sophisticated, and meaningful way. The first part of the course will be spent outlining the formal and stylistic elements of film as an art and commercial mass medium (mise-en-scene, cinematography, narrative, editing, and sound). The remainder of the course will be spent exploring the ways filmmakers working in Hollywood, international, and experimental/avant-garde cinemas have employed these formal and stylistic elements. Each class session will consist of lecture, screenings of relevant clips, and discussion of readings and screenings.

Required Texts:

Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis, Film: A Critical Introduction, 2nd edition (2008)

In addition, out-of-class screenings will be assigned throughout the course (all films are available for viewing in the UTD library). These films will be considered required texts as well.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly written responses, two in-class exams, as well as consistent class attendance and participation in discussion.

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