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Jennifer Ann Myers
T FILM 483
Tacoma Campus

Film Directors

Examines the idea of film authorship: does film, most often an industrial and collaborative medium, allow for the director's "individual" expression? Can we speak of a Woody Allen film in the same way that we speak of a Shakespeare play or a Jane Austen novel?

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Darkly comedic films that feature oddball characters living on the margins of society, Joel and Ethan Coen's unique mode of storytelling places them at the top of contemporary filmmakers. Since the 1984 release of their critically acclaimed neo-noir Blood Simple, the Coen brothers have prolifically created some of the most entertaining, yet philosophical, independent films that toy with film style, genre, and history. This course will trace the Coens' trans-texual references while utilizing the techniques of formal film analysis to examine the "Coenesque," or the Coens' cinematic signatures, including: recurring stylistic tropes, thematic interests (greed, socio-economics, violence, modern mythologies and social parables, to name a few), and reconfigurations of film genres (film noir, horror, screwball comedy, the western, and the gangster film). Readings will be assigned to offer a broader scope and historical contexts. Screenings may include: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Man who Wasn't There, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, and True Grit.

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Last Update by Jennifer Ann Myers
Date: 11/12/2013