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T FILM 272 Film Studies (5) VLPA
Introduction to the languages and forms of cinema. Topics include narrative and non-narrative film; mise-en-scene, cinematography, and editing; the soundtrack; film directors, genres, and historical movements.
Instructor Course Description: Jennifer Ann Myers
T FILM 348 Film and Human Values (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines contemporary and classical films in order to explore how they might disclose different dimensions of human meaning, value, virtue or their opposites. Analyzes how film has become a major part of twentieth-century existence, experience and expression. Views, discusses and analyzes selected films.
T FILM 350 Screenwriting (5) VLPA
Introduction to the fundamentals of theme, plot, character, and dialogue in writing for film and television. Students develop scripts, focusing on one central conflict, working in a workshop class format. Recommended: either TWRT 200, TWRT 370, or TWRT 380.
T FILM 386 Silent Cinema (5) VLPA
Surveys film history from 1895 to 1927. Studies masterpieces of international cinema in historical, aesthetic, technological, and social contexts.
T FILM 420 Contemporary World Cinema (5) VLPA
Study of trends in current international cinema: genres, geographical areas, technology, economics, and criticism.
T FILM 440 Writing Film Criticism (5) VLPA
Explores the practice of film criticism through intensive reading and discussion of films and through writing and peer reviewing. Builds and understanding of the differences between film reviewing and criticism, and the importance of audience, style and approach. Prerequisite: One 300 or 400 level film class.
T FILM 474 Russian History and the Soviet Film (5) I&S
Examines the major events of the Russian past by using Russian and Soviet films as primary resources. Provides an opportunity for a dialogue between the facts of Russian history and the esthetic and ideological views of Russian and Soviet cinema.
T FILM 481 Film Theory and Aesthetics (5)
Examines 20th century's major film theorists' conception of the raw materials, forms, and values and effects of the film medium. Considers how critical theory adds to the understanding and enjoyment of film. Explores how commercial and experimental films exemplify and challenge ideas presented in readings.
T FILM 483 Film Directors (5) VLPA
Examines the idea of film authorship: does film, most often an industrial and collaborative medium, allow for the director's "individual" expression? Can we speak of a Woody Allen film in the same way that we speak of a Shakespeare play or a Jane Austen novel?
T FILM 484 French Cinema (5) VLPA
Provides an overview of the art of film in France from 1895 to the present. Includes readings and screenings which place the study of French film culture in its historical, economic, social, political, philosophical, and aesthetic contexts.
T FILM 485 Media Genres (5, max. 10) VLPA
Study of genre, the thematic classification of films (e.g. westerns, musicals) and television programming. Topics vary, but can include comedy, news/documentary, musical, and social-problem melodramas.
Instructor Course Description: Joanne Clarke Dillman
T FILM 486 Feminist Perspectives in Film and Literature (5) VLPA
Examines distinctions between male and female readers/viewers. Explores a variety of literary works and films by women, as well as a selection of relevant essays in feminist criticism.
T FILM 488 Gender and Sexuality in Film (5)
Examines the intersection of gender, sexuality, and film to consider how cinematic representations shape and reflect ideas about masculinity, femininity, heterosexuality, and homosexuality, as well as social identities that fall outside these categories.