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FILM 196 - Topics in Film and Literature

Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
Planned Offering: Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.

Prerequisite: Completion of FW FDR requirement, and other prerequisites may vary with topic. Selected topics in film and literature. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2014 topics:

FILM 196B: French New Wave Film (4). Prerequisite: Completion of FDR FW requirement. This course uses French language films as the basis for discussions, oral presentations and directed writing exercises. It is structured as an intensive workshop for students who would like to learn to analyze films. This course is conducted in English and all of the readings are in English. The class focuses on French New Wave films of the 1960s and ‘70s and the filmmakers who revolutionized film style by experimenting with hand-held cameras, natural light and sound, and by playfully questioning accepted film techniques. Students acquire the vocabulary to describe camera position, camera movement, and editing as the grammar and syntax of the ‘mise-en-scène.’ They also acquire a better understanding of how the composition and sequencing of images contributes to narrative development. These films are a window onto the baby boom culture of post World War II France and, as such, provide a deeper understanding of contemporary French culture. All films are in French with English subtitles. (HL). Lambeth.

FILM 196: Visions of Italian Landscapes: Rome in Film (4). Study Abroad. May be used for the minor in film and visual culture. This course examines the representation of Rome and the Italian cinematic city, a crucial element to fully understanding Italian cinema and society, from 1945 to present time. Readings, discussions and excursions provide an understanding of the contrast between ancient and modern that characterizes Italian postwar urbanization. The course investigates aspects of contemporary Italian society and life, the massive modernization first brought by the economic miracle and then by tourism and globalization. While the course is taught in English, special attention is devoted to some key expressions in Italian, dialects, body language as well as other aspects of Italian culture. (HL) Bini. Spring 2014

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