Course Descriptions

Film Studies
(FILM)

Director A. M. Morey; Assistant Professor D. I. Humphrey

201. Introduction to Film Analysis. (3-0). Credit 3.

Fundamental aspects of film analysis and criticism.

285. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 3.

Selected fields of film studies not covered in depth by other courses. Reports and extensive reading required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of director of film.

289. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Special topics in an identified area of film studies.

291. Research. Credit 1 to 3.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in film. Prerequisites: FILM 201 or FILM 301 and freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

301. History of Film. (3-0). Credit 3.

Historical development of major periods, movements and styles, including several different national cinemas. Prerequisites: FILM 201; ENGL 104.

343. Sex, Gender and Cinema. (3-0). Credit 3.

Exploration of a significant topic at the intersection of women’s/gender studies and film, such as cinema and sexuality studies, cinema and women, and cinema and masculinity; may include discussion of production, film content, and/or reception. Prerequisites: 3 hours in FILM or WMST; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with WMST 343.

351. Advanced Film. (3-0). Credit 3.

A different film topic each term; sample topics; major directors; historical periods, fiction into film, film genres. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: FILM 201 or 301 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification. Cross-listed with ENGL 351.

356. Literature and Film. (3-0). Credit 3.

Novels and films based on them; writers and filmmakers such as Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, John Ford, Sally Potter, John Huston, Charlotte Bronte and Peter Bogdanovich. Prerequisites: 3 credits of literature at the 200-level; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with ENGL 356.

394. Studies in Film Genre. (3-0). Credit 3.

Study of a specific film genre, such as Western, Gangster, Mystery, Science Fiction; genre varies each time course is taught; movies are screened and analyzed along with assigned readings that explore characteristics of the genre and its cultural importance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: FILM 201 or ENGL 251.

401. National Cinema History. (3-0). Credit 3.

Cinema History of a given film-producing nation other than the United States, such as Japanese Film, Swedish Film, South African Film. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisites: FILM 301; junior or senior classification.

405. European Cinema. (3-0). Credit 3.

Exploration of key movements in European cinema from 1895 to the present, including both national cinematic traditions, such as Italian Neorealism or French New Wave, and international trends such as Formalism, Expressionism, or Auteurism. Prerequisite: FILM 201 or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with EURO 405.

406. Propaganda and Dissidence. (3-0). Credit 3.

Use of film as a medium to promote political ideology, government propaganda, political dissidence, and subversion, with focus on Europe. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with EURO 406.

415. The Ancient World in Film. (3-0). Credit 3.

Study of modern films as they relate to ancient literary texts that inspired them or with which they share common themes; relationship between Greek epic, tragedy, and comedy and their cinematic adaptations; treatment of Rome as an idea or ideal in the work of both ancient Romans and modern filmmakers. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with CLAS 415.

425. French Film. (3-0). Credit 3.

Overview of French cinema from its origins to the present; interpretation of French cultural history and politics through film; taught in English. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with EURO 425 and FREN 425.

435. German Film. (3-0). Credit 3.

Consideration and analysis of major works and directors of German film; interpretation of culture through film; relationship of film to history, literature, and other arts; taught in English. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with GERM 435 and EURO 435.

455. Italian Cinema. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of Italian cinema from Neorealism to the present; taught in English. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with EURO 455 and ITAL 455.

481. Seminar in Film Studies. (3-0). Credit 3.

Seminar on a figure, theme, style, movement or theory in film studies, with practice in the methods of research in film studies, culminating in a substantial research paper. Open to seniors enrolled in the interdisciplinary minor in film studies and to others with approval of the Coordinator of Film Studies. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisite: 9 hours in film studies courses including FILM 301.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 3.

Selected fields of film studies not covered in depth by other courses. Reports and extensive reading required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of director of film.

489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Special topics in an identified area of film studies. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

491. Research. Credit 1 to 3.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in film. Prerequisites: FILM 201 or FILM 301 and junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.