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.
C LIT 270 is designed as a foundation course in film studies. Mon and Thur will be lecture days. Tues and Wed will be screening days. It is possible to request a W credit with permission from the instructor and an extra writing assignment. The course presents the basic vocabulary and concepts necessary for analyzing films. By watching and considering film images together as a group, the class will reflect on the categories of film analysis Mis-en-Scene, Cinematography, Editing, and Sound. The class will focus primarily on contemporary film and some television images ranging from The Departed and Hot Fuzz to Squid and the Whale and Juno. Over the course of the quarer you should understand and be able to engage the language of film analysis. You should begin to consider the value, impact and mechanics of the film viewing experience within a larger social context. In order to do so we will watch and discuss as much film as possible.
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