C LIT 270
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.
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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