Studies the body of work of Scandinavia's auteur filmmakers. Introduces the theory and history of auteur cinema, with special attention to Scandinavian filmmakers' contribution. Offered: jointly with C LIT 474; AWSp.
Since the 1960s, auteur filmmaking has predominated as the standard of comparison in the production and reception of Scandinavian cinema. SCAND 470/570-C LIT 574 is a seminar devoted to studying notions of authorship as they are relevant to understanding Scandinavian cinema, and in particular the careers of one or two Scandinavian auteurs. Students will develop an understanding of theories of film authorship, but also develop an ability to apply their theoretical understanding to the study of Scandinavian film. In spring 2010, we will focus our studies on the films of Aki Kaurismäki and Lars von Trier, the two most important and influential Scandinavian auteurs since the 1980s.
Student learning goals
Acquire a critical vocabulary for analyzing auteur cinema.
Use and develop that critical vocabulary to analyze and criticize the films of Aki Kaurismäki and Lars von Trier.
Write accurately and thoughtfully about the role of authorship in the films of Kaurismäki and von Trier.
Use your authorship vocabulary and knowledge of Kaurismäki and von Trier as a comparative framework for examining other film authorships.
General method of instruction
Film viewing, reading articles, discussion, and short lectures.
Students should have some background coursework in film studies at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Class assignments and grading
The course will include presentations of course readings to seminar participants, two short writing assignments, and a final seminar paper of 10-15 pages.
Participation 15% In-Class Presentation 20 % Writing Assignments 30 % Final Presentation 5% (C/NC) Final Paper 30%