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FILM

FILM-101   Introduction to Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

This course is an introduction to the history of film as well as to the vocabulary and analytical skills with which to approach the study of mo- tion pictures. The course will examine film form, style, and industry practices through readings, film screenings, and discussions, learning to watch films with the goals of critical thinking, thoughtful discussion, and interpretive writing. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-104   Lives of the Artists Through
Film

 

The ties between great artists and motion
pictures tend to transcend the artists and their
masterpieces from their two-dimensional canvas
confi nes into the conscious popularity of the
general public. This course is an introduction
into the historic and cinematic world of several
artists, from artists such as Michelangelo to
Frida Kahlo. The course consists of lectures,
the viewing of fi lms, discussion, and journaling.
(3 hours weekly)


FILM-110   Cultural History of
Television
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

This course will be a multi-disciplinary  examina- tion of television which will explore the history of television  as well as industry-related concerns of production  and advertising. The class will focus on viewing and discussing various genres of television programs. The sampled series from television programs and advertisements will offer insights into American  social values, politics, and popular  culture from the early 1950s through the present. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HUMN-110.


 

FILM-105   Projecting the Past: Ancient
Rome, Cinema, and History

3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core) This course will explore the history and cultural development of ancient Rome through the media of film.  This course will introduce  the most popular narrative tendencies and film genres typical of films focusing on this period of history, including the implications of the political, social, and cultural contexts depicted in film. Major films and significant directors from this period will be viewed and discussed. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HUMN-105.

FILM-139   Principles of Film and
Media Production
3 Credits

This course is an interdisciplinary study of film and media production. Emphasis is on the over- view of the various types of media production a film/video  student could pursue in the com- mercial, corporate, or artistic world. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as TVRD-139.

FILM-171 Introduction to American
Cinema

3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core) This course will focus on the history of American Cinema from the beginnings of the silent film era to the present day. Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles as they apply  to the film as an art medium. The student will view a wide variety of selected films and discuss them in class. The student will demonstrate a prescribed level of mastery of technical terms and concepts on examination. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-172   Introduction to World
Cinema

3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

This course will focus on the thematic  and technical  concerns  of great European and Asian directors from the era of the silent film and the Soviet philosophy  of montage editing in the 1920s to the cinematic philosophies of the current day. Films from at least seven different countries will be featured. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-192   Hollywood in the 1920s
3 Credits

This course will focus on the film history of the
1920s as it reflects historical and pop cultural aspects of the decade  of Jazz Age flappers and Prohibition. The silent film stars discussed  in this course include Rudolph Valentino, Charles Chaplin, Clara Bow, Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks, and Gloria Swanson. The course will consider how “The Jazz Singer”  and other  early talkies revolutionized the film industry at the end of the decade. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-195   Hollywood in the 1950s
3 Credits

This course will focus on the film history of the 1950s and the era’s post-war affluence and increased leisure time, conformity,  the Korean War, middle-class values, the growing influence of the civil rights movement, the introduction of television and TV dinners, abstract art, and a youth reaction to middle-aged cinema. This course will consider the film history of that era as it reflects historical and pop cultural aspects, and will analyze the careers of  stars of  the decade such as Marlon  Brando, James Dean, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, and Natalie Wood. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-196   Hollywood in the 1960s
3 Credits

This course will focus on the film history of the
1960s and the changing values and social unrest reflected on the screen. Films discussed in the class will include  “The Graduate” in 1967, “Easy Rider” in 1969, and “Midnight  Cowboy”  in 1969, as well as the implications of the most regal of the old Hollywood studios, MGM, going bankrupt in this decade. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-197   Hollywood in the 1970s
3 Credits

This course will focus on the film history of the 1970s as one of the most creative periods  in Hollywood film history. The course will discuss the introduction of independent-minded young producers  and directors  who came of age in the
1960s who now started to assert their presence in mainstream filmmaking,  including  Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, and Peter Bogdanovich, as well as seasoned directors  such as Robert Altman who made movies that freely criticized American society during a decade in which Vietnam, Watergate, and other troubling political developments provided an abundance of source material. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-198   Hollywood in the 1980s
3 Credits

This course will focus on the film history of the 1980s; a cinematically   eclectic  decade  in which both blockbusters and smaller personal films had exposure on movie screens, such as “Batman” (1989) and “Blue Velvet” (1986). The course will also discuss the implications  on cinema and celebrity of a former actor, Ronald Reagan, becoming the president of the United States. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-199   Hollywood in the 1990s
3 Credits

This course will focus on the film history of the
1990s, when the consolidation of the blockbuster became the engine driving the major studios. The course will also discuss the expansion of the already-lucrative foreign markets, which are open to special effects-driven fantasy and action pictures. Films discussed will include  “The Si- lence of the Lambs” (1991) and Clint Eastwood’s western “Unforgiven” (1992). (3 hours weekly)

FILM-201   British Film
3 Credits

This course is a study of contemporary British society and culture through the medium of film. The aim of the course is to trace the history of film in Britain, and show the interconnection between artistic expression and the historical and cultural realities of Britain from the dawn of cinema in the early 1900s to the present. This chronologically organized course looks at major directors, actors and genres, exploring the theme of love in the 1940s, the great run of comedies in the 1950s, and the socially engaged themes that have preoccupied British cinema in recent decades. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-203   Indian Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core) This course is an interdisciplinary study of con- temporary Indian society and culture through the medium of film. The aim of the course is to show the interconnection between artistic expression and the historical, social, and cultural realities within  India from the 1900s to the present. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-204   Middle Eastern Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core) This course is an interdisciplinary study of con- temporary Middle Eastern society and culture through the medium of film.  The aim of the course is to show the interconnection  between artistic expression and the historical, social, and cultural realities within  the Middle  East from the
1960s to the present. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-205   Italian Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

This course is an interdisciplinary study of con- temporary Italian society and culture through the medium of film. The aim of the course is to show the interconnection between artistic expression and the historical, social and cultural realities of Italy from 1945 to the present. Special emphasis on the movement of Italian neorealism and post- neorealism with reference to some major Italian writers (Verga, Pirandello,  Moravia, C. Levi, etc.) and their influential  works. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as ITAL-205.

FILM-206   French Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

This course is an interdisciplinary study of con- temporary French society and culture through the medium of film. The aim of the course is to trace the history of film in France, and show the interconnection between artistic expression and the historical and cultural realities of France from the dawn of cinema  in the early 1900s to the pres- ent, with special emphasis on the French New Wave movement with reference to some major French directors (Truffaut, Renoir, Godard) and their influential works. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FREN-206.

FILM-207   German Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core) This course is an interdisciplinary study of con- temporary German society and culture through the medium of film. The aim of the course is to show the interconnection  between artistic expression and the historical, social, and cultural realities within  Germany from the 1900s to the present. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as GERM-207.

FILM-208   Asian Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core) This course is an interdisciplinary study of con- temporary Asian society and culture through the medium of film. The aim of the course is to show the interconnection between artistic expression and the historical, social, and cultural realities within  Asia from  the 1960s to the present. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-209   Scandinavian Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core) This  course is an interdisciplinar y study  of contemporary Scandinavian society and culture through the medium of film.  The aim of the course is to show the interconnection  between 
artistic expression and the historical, social, and cultural realities within  Scandinavia from the 1960s to the present. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-210   Russian Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
This course is an interdisciplinary  study of Rus- sian society and culture through the medium of film. The aim of the course is to show the interconnection between artistic expression and the historical, social, and cultural realities within Russia from the 1920s to the present. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as RUSS-210.

FILM-211   African Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core) This course is an interdisciplinary study of vari- ous African societies and cultures through the medium of film. The aim of the course is to show the interconnection between artistic expression and the historical, social, and cultural realities within various African countries from the 1920s to the present. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-212   The Films of Alfred
Hitchcock
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the films of Alfred Hitchcock.  Students will view a variety of Hitchcock’s films which span his career from Easy Virtue in 1928 to Family Plot in 1976. Supple- mental videos will present some of Hitchcock’s working practices and examples of his work in TV. Readings will include  critical  analyses. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-213   Silent Film
3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of visual language, genres, social attitudes and acting style of the silent film era. Major films and significant directors will be covered. This is a detailed criti- cal guide to several silent motion picture projects, from Eadweard Muybridge’s initial motion pho- tography experiments in 1877 to the 1997 silent film The Taxi Dancer. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-214   The Art of the Documentary
3 Credits

This course explores the history of documentary film by considering major directors, aesthetics, and social contexts. The purpose of this course is to acquaint  students with  a histor y of the development of documentary film from its roots in 19th-century art forms to its role in current events, to examine various styles and techniques of documentary and to analyze the contribution of the documentary  as a persuasive means of communication to achieve social and political goals. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-215   History of Avant-Garde
Film
3 Credits

This course is an interdisciplinary  study of the history of avant-garde film. Works include docu- mentar y, experimental,  and  autobiographical film, travelogues, archival newsreels, animation, and other forms of nonfiction cinema. Students will study the traditions, aesthetics, influences, and historical content of these films as a viable form of creative cinema. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-216   History of Animated Film
3 Credits

This course is an interdisciplinary  study of the history of animated film and will focus on the visual language, genres, and social attitudes of animated film. Major films and significant direc- tors will be covered. This is a detailed critical guide to several animated motion  picture proj- ects from Eadweard Muybridge’s initial motion photography  experiments  in 1877 to modern 3D film today. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-217   The History of Science
Fiction Film
3 Credits

Science fiction movies have entertained us, frightened us, and made us think of all kinds of possible problems and opportunities in the universe. This course will look  at the history of such films and will include some of the un- derlying themes about society and politics. We will watch, discuss, and research some of the most serious–and some of the silliest–sci-fi films produced. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-218   Introduction to Film and
Literature
3 Credits (Literature/Arts/ Humanities Core)

Introduction  to Film  and Literature is a com-
parative study of films and the literary sources upon which they are based, with special atten- tion given to basic differences between genres. Students are introduced  to the formalist conven- tions and characteristics, terms and concepts, and critical theory of film and literature in order to master skills in interpretation, analysis, and critical evaluation. The course explores a vari- ety of styles, periods, and forms, but individual sections of the course may focus on a genre, topic, or theme. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as ENGL-218.

FILM-219   Film and the Media
3 Credits

This course is a study of the media  as a subject of film, as it has been depicted both seriously and satirically in movies dealing with the newspaper business, with radio, with television, with the po- litical process, and with the reporting and ethics that go with these industries. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-220   The Films of Woody Allen
3 Credits

Woody Allen’s long career as a writer, director and performer  makes him  a prime candidate for cinematic  analysis. This course will focus on his philosophical obsessions and also his distinctive working methods. Readings include biographical  and critical  studies. Students will have the opportunity to sharpen their analytical skills by writing  essays about individual films. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-222   History of Horror Films
3 Credits

This course is an interdisciplinary  study of the history and film art of the horror film during the twentieth century. The course will cover several themes of the horror  genre; these will include the vampire, werewolf, Frankenstein, and the ghost story. The student will view and analyze the older classic films and compare them to more current ones that were produced on the same theme. The student will analyze these films from a historical perspective as well as the artistic and technical, including an examination of the acting, directing, scenery, music, and cinematography of the art form. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-223   Writing for Screen
Narrative
3 Credits

This course will teach the strategies and means to develop and execute narrative scripts with the primary focus on the short form narrative film. Emphasis is placed on the student’s increasing ability to employ the tools of the craft, includ- ing but not limited to: story structure, mythic structure, plot, characterization, dialogue, for- mat, story editing and revision. Conventional scriptwriting techniques will be covered as well as critical  approaches to understanding  these techniques. Elements of the feature film form will be studied, extrapolated  and applied  to shorter forms as well. Prerequisite:  ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)  NOTE: Also listed as TVRD-223 and ENGL-223.

FILM-225   Film Noir
3 Credits

This course will explore the literary and cin- ematic world of film noir,  a critical  term that refers to certain American films of the 1940s and
1950s and to American  detective fiction of the same period, so called roman noir. The class will examine classic, cinematic examples of the genre of film noir, read a number of canonical detective  novels,  and  investigate the histori- cal context out of which the fiction and films emerged. (3 hours weekly)

 

FILM-226   The Western
3 Credits

This course will explore the literary and cin- ematic world  of the Western, a film  genre set primarily in the latter half of the 19th century in the American Old West. The class will examine classic, cinematic examples of the genre of west- erns, read related examples of Western literature (from pulp novels to short stories to literary fic- tion), and investigate both the historical context out of which the fiction and films emerged and the cultural influences at the time of publication or production. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-231   Humanities through Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
This course explores the medium of film, to ex- amine values and cultural heritage that establish the framework for inquiry into the meaning of life. This course studies the humanities in depth, using methods which  are primarily  analytic, critical,  or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural and social sciences. Students will view various forms of media to analyze and evaluate the medium of film as an expression and a document of the human condition. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HUMN-231.

FILM-236   Lives of the Composers
Through Film
3 Credits

This course is a study of the lives of famous musical composers through the medium of film. The course is an introduction  into the historic and cinematic world of several composers from the Middle Ages to Twentieth Century, and will consist of lectures, viewing of films, discussion, and journaling. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as MUSC-236.

FILM-240   Gay, Lesbian, and
Transgender Films
3 Credits

This course is an interdisciplinary  study of the history  of gay, lesbian,  and transgender  issues in film. Using lecture, interactive discussion, guest speakers, readings and multimedia,  this course aims to stimulate  critical  thinking  about gay, les- bian, bisexual, and transgender or intersex issues in the framework of American culture, ethics and public interest. Major films and significant direc- tors will be covered. (3 hours weekly)

FILM-251   Shakespeare from Page to
Screen
3 Credits (Literature/Arts/ Humanities Core)

This course focuses on reading, analyzing and
interpreting  Shakespeare’s plays as they have been adapted to film, and understanding them as products of specific historical, cultural and artistic currents, as performance text meant for production within the constraints of the medium of film. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as THET-251 and ENGL-251.

FILM-260   Film and Philosophy
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

An exploration and comparison of philosophi- cal approaches explored within the art form of film. Focus is on major theories of reality (meta- physics), knowledge (epistemology) and value (axiology)  and on the canons of film studies. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as PHIL-260.

FILM-270   Women and Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

An interdisciplinary  study of women in film, this course will review a wide variety of movies writ- ten and/or directed by women, featuring women, and dealing with women’s issues. This course draws on the arts, media, and popular culture in examining the impact of gender expectations on shaping societal roles. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as WMST-270.


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