Eric C. Ames
Teaches how to analyze film by closely studying crime scenes from historical and contemporary German and Scandinavian cinema. Directors studied include Fritz Lang, Carl Th. Dreyer, Billy Wilder, and Lars von Trier. Offered jointly with SCAND 190.
“How many bodies do you think we’ll find?” Acts of violence and mysterious motives have fascinated cinema audiences for more than a century. This introduction to film course gives you a set of tools for investigating films by Fritz Lang, Carl Th. Dreyer, Billy Wilder, Ingmar Bergman, Aki Kaurismäki, Lars von Trier, Fatih Akin, and others. In addition, the course is designed to give students wide exposure to German and Scandinavian cultural history.
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Requirements, Assignments & Grading:
Regular, active participation in class discussions and completion of all in-class writing assignments (10%) Two quizzes (30%) Three 3-4 page papers (30%) Final exam (30%)