Critical Approach to the Cinema
Analysis of the film content and style through screenings and substantial readings in aesthetic theory and film history. Also considers social issues, cultural artifacts, and forms of artistic expression.
This course is a rigorous exploration throughout the cinematic landscape. By the end of my course you will never watch movies in the same way again - which serves as a warning, perhaps, that if you like the way you watch movies now, perhaps this may not be the course for you. (That said, trust us when we say that change can be very good.) Students who have taken this course tend to like movies a lot and we have had my share of students who have already taken many film courses and/or know everything about movies. Be assured, however, that this course is not designed only for those people; in fact, you will get even more from this class if you know very little about cinema and are simply itching for more. By its very nature, film studies is wonderfully interdisciplinary, so fear not if your primary interests seem to lie far from the cinematic.
You should note that, unlike the other UC courses, this one has an additional block time for weekly screenings, which your programming assistant will lead. As you develop your schedule, be aware that these screenings are mandatory but lead to very rich results.
Counts toward the fulfillment of Area 1 of General Education.
This seminar is year-long
Click here to view the Fall 2010 syllabus. This should give you a sense of what the class will be like, but keep in mind that Professor Middents never teaches the same set of films twice!