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James Tweedie
C LIT 270
Seattle Campus

Perspectives on Film: Introduction

Introduction to film form, style, and techniques. Examples from silent film and from contemporary film. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.

Class description

This course provides an introduction to cinema as an artistic medium, as a source of entertainment, as the inspiration for influential cultural and philosophical writing, and as a group of social institutions with significant political and economic power. The course will be structured around three major topics: first, the basic elements of film production and reception, or the devices and strategies used by the filmmakers and the formal features of the text we eventually experience; second, crucial theoretical approaches to cinematic representation; and, third, film history, which establishes the various contexts in which these formal and conceptual developments take place.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James Tweedie
Date: 11/11/2009