FILM 310: Film Theory & Criticism
Description: In the broadest sense, film theory considers how and why films make meaning and places film aesthetics within larger cultural, political, and social climates. An advanced introduction to film theory, this course will survey many of the major texts of classical and contemporary film theory. This course will present a sampling of theories from the 1920s to the present and explore some of the following theoretical movements/concepts: formalism and structuralism, psychoanalytic theories, auteurism, genre theories, feminist film theories, queer theory, theories of spectatorship and audience response. Theorists will include Arnheim, Benjamin, Eisenstein, Epstein, Dulac, Kracauer, Bazin, Metz, and Doane.
Films: Looking for Langston; Mädchen in Uniform; Daughter Rite; Daisies; Les Rendez-vous D’Anna; Surname Viet Given Name Nam; Ali: Fear Eats the Soul; The Revolt of Mamie Stover; The Piano; Gilda; Secrets of the Soul; Now Voyager; Wild Strawberries; M; La jetée; Meshes of the Afternoon; Gates of Heaven; Peeping Tom; Psycho, Jeanne Dielman, 2300 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles; October; Days of Heaven.
For more information about this course, contact April Miller