Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, Robert Altmanâ€¦ what was it about the social, political, economic, and industrial climate in the 1970s that created cinematic giants of these male film directors? In this course, we explore the â€œNew American Cinemaâ€ of the 1970s, beginning in the 1960s with breakthrough films such as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Easy Rider (1969), moving through iconic features like The Godfather (1972), The Exorcist (1973), Taxi Driver (1975), and Apocalypse Now (1979), and ending in the early 80s with Raging Bull (1980) and Dressed to Kill (1980). Weâ€™ll explore the 1970s as a discreet decade in American history, where new forms of cinematic masculinity, combined with political uncertainty and industrial recalibrations give rise to some of the most memorable films Hollywood has ever produced.
Required textbooks are: THE SEVENTIES by Bruce J. Schulman (2001) and THE NEW AMERICAN CINEMA edited by Jon Lewis (1998).
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
The class requires regular class attendance and a committed reading and screening practice. Assignments may include a class presentation, a formal paper, and a creative project.