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T FILM 201 Introduction to 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.
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T FILM 220 Film and the Arts (5) VLPA
Examines connections between film and other art forms, such as literature, painting, music and theater/performance. Emphasizes methods of interpretation and critical theory in studying the relationships of artistic expression. Examines/may examine the work of major directors, writers, and artists, as well as examples at local museums and performance spacesd.
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T FILM 348 Film and Human Values (5, max. 10) 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.
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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.
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T FILM 377 Spanish Film (5) VLPA
Examines the ways in which Peninsular Spanish film reflects history, society, class, and gender issues. Develops understanding of film as an art form within a specific cultural context. Films in Spanish with English subtitles. No knowledge of Spanish required.
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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.
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T FILM 387 World Film 1927-1959 (5) VLPA
Examines major cinematic movements, trends, and individual works between 1927 and 1959. Considers films as art; as responses to social, political, economic, technological, and cultural conditions; and as transnational media phenomena.
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T FILM 388 World Film 1960-2000 (5) VLPA
Examines major cinematic movements, trends, and individual works between 1960 and 2000. Considers films as art, as responses to social, political, economic, technological, and cultural conditions, and ad transnational media phenomena.
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T FILM 420 Contemporary World Cinema (5) VLPA
Study of trends in current international cinema: genres, geographical areas, technology, economics, and criticism.
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T FILM 434 Disability in Film (5) VLPA, DIV
Examines the intersection of disability and film to consider how cinematic representations shape, reflect, perpetuate or challenge ableist ideas about persons with disabilities. Considers intersections with race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability. Emphasizes methods of interpretation and analysis from a variety of perspectives from disability studies and film studies.
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T FILM 436 Feminist Perspectives in Film and Literature (5) VLPA, DIV
Introduces students to feminist theories of representation and methods of analysis. Examines film and literature from Feminism's First Wave (late 19th-early 20th century), the high-water mark of Second Wave Feminism (1960s and 1970s, with films into the 1980s), and Third Wave, also called the post-feminist era (1990s to present).
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T FILM 438 Gender and Sexuality in Film (5) VLPA, DIV
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.
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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.
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T FILM 481 Film Theory and Aesthetics (5) VLPA
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. Prerequisite: T FILM 220, T FILM 272, TCOM 347, CMS 270, or C LIT 270.
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T FILM 483 Film Directors (5, max. 10) 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?
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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.
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T FILM 499 Special Topics in Film Studies (5, max. 10) VLPA
Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary.
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