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Cynthia Steele
C LIT 313
Seattle Campus

History of Film: 1989-Present

Addresses the latest trends in international filmmaking typically with an emphasis on world cinema and issues of globalization and diaspora. Sometimes taught in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival.

Class description

Overview of major developments in Hollywood, US Independent, and global cinema during the period 1989-2012, including new forms of realism, transnational trends, the conscious revision of cinematic traditions, the function of trauma and memory in film, and the role of international film festivals. During the first six weeks of class we will view, read essays about, and discuss twelve key films from this period; you will also write reviews of three of these films. (You may watch these films either in class on Mondays and Wednesdays, or on instant streaming.) On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will discuss the films and readings. During the last four weeks of the quarter, there will be no class. Instead, students will attend pre-screenings and screenings in the Seattle International Film Festival and will write reviews of five of the films seen; they will also write a short final reflexive essay on SIFF as a film festival. Texts: Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong, Film Festivals: Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2011; Amresh Sinha and Terence McSweeney, eds. Millenial Cinema: Memory in Global Film. London: Walllower Press, 2012; and additional essays available through Catalyst. Films: Do the Right Thing, The Piano, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, City of God, Moolaade, Memento, Mulholland Drive, The Namesake, Pans Labyrinth, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Oldboy, and The Kids are All Right.

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Class assignments and grading

Reviews of three films screened in class 20%

Reviews of five SIFF Films 30%

Essay, 3-4 pp. 30%

Class Participation 20%


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 Cynthia Steele
Date: 03/04/2013