The class is a broad survey providing an overview of major movements in the history of film such as German Expressionism, the Golden Age of cinema in post war Japan, etc. Students will also become familiar with literary critical approaches to film such as formalistic analysis, semiotics and feminist approaches to film. We will, in short, study cinema in the larger context of its cultural poetic to understand better how it reflects and helps shape the aesthetic and ideological landscape of the moviegoer's consciousness. By focusing on realist and formalist traditions of film, we will reconstruct its evolution from the days of the silents to modern day motion pictures. Final objective is for students to learn how to write critical analyses of films in appropriate critical and cultural contexts that reflect critical thinking skills via use of evidence to support arguments. Prerequisite: one 2000 level English course Course Requirements:
Regular attendance is required. Three or more unexcused absences constitute grounds for failure in the course; missing 25% of classes for any reason also means failure. Tardiness is also unacceptable: 10 min. late = one unexcused absence. Students are also responsible for the following: Two 3-5 pp. typed critical papers on film 50% Two exams on film terminology & analysis 35% Class participation/miscellaneous exercises 15% (Other policies on grading will be supplied in a separate handout). Note: All papers and drafts must be typed and conform to MLA style. Other Policies:
Plagiarism, the use of other writers' words or ideas without acknowledging the source, will result in a grade of F on the assignment--even if you commit it by accident. See the current edition of The Student Guide, available from the office of Student Life, for more serious consequences that may result from cheating. Language that demeans others on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual preference will not be tolerated in this class. In other words, we expect you treat everyone in this class with courtesy. Misconduct of any kind that interrupts the education process in this class will result in expulsion from class and possibly more serious consequences as described in the Student Guide.
Disability Accommodations – To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the PASS Office in the Mesa Building Room 1160, 432-552-2631 . Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations. The PASS Office refers some types of accommodation requests to the University Counseling Center which provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing contact Suzanne Rathbun, Director of the University Counseling Center, 432-552-2365, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Understanding Movies by Louis Giannetti. Prentice Hall. NOTE: films will be shown in Monday film lab as listed in the schedule of classes. Equipment is our 32-inch video screen with stereo surround sound. Attendance to all films is mandatory. Missing a film or leaving before a film ends will be counted as an absence. Therefore you must register for the Monday film lab as well as the film class. Most of the films shown in class can be checked out of our library and viewed on library video monitors on campus. Most can also be rented at Blockbuster Video. You'll want to make use of these services when you write papers and prepare for exams. This course is an elective for English majors. Non-majors should consult their advisors concerning applicability of this class towards the English requirement in their discipline. This course cannot be used as part of the general requirement for visual and performing arts in any discipline. COURSE CALENDAR (Schedule is tentative & is subject to change).
PART I: Silent Film & Early Sound Era: Film Before WWII