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Yomi Braester
C LIT 271
Seattle Campus

Perspectives on Film: Great Directors

Introduction to authorship in the cinema. The work of a major director or directors. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.

Class description

IMPORTANT! The course catalog may list various versions of the same course, taugth at different times by various instructors. To check the current instructor and syllabus, refer to the relevant quarter's TIME SCHEDULE and the Comparative Literature detailed course description. The following information applies only to Yomi Braester's version of the course.

NOTE ON MEETING TIME: Most meetings will take one and a half hours; screenings may run a bit over 90 minutes (which is the reason for listing the course as 2 hours a day).

How do directors express their love for movies? What is the role of cinematography, genre, acting, dialogue and ideology in making a great film? The course examines these questions through the works of directors around the world, with special focus on Chinese director Zhang Yimou, whose breathtaking cinematography and riveting plots (from dramas such as Raise the Red Lantern to the forthcoming martial arts film Hero) have gained world-wide recognition and made Zhang one of the world's most appreciated directors.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

interactive lecture

Recommended preparation

attend all classes and get involved

Class assignments and grading

short weekley assignments and two papers

in-class responses (28 x 0.5) 14 Reading responses (10 x 1) 10 Mid-term paper 38 Final paper 38


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.
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Last Update by Yomi Braester
Date: 05/17/2004