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Eric C. Ames
SCAND 275
Seattle Campus

Crime Scenes: Investigating the Cinema and Its Cultures

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 GERMAN 275.

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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 and writing about the cinema. Directors to be discussed include such notables as Fritz Lang, Carl Dreyer, Errol Morris, Billy Wilder, and Aki Kaurismäki; films include M, Vampyr, Double Indemnity, The Thin Blue Line, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In English. VLPA.

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Last Update by Eric C. Ames
Date: 05/12/2012