An introduction to the critical study of film, this course familiarizes students with canonical films (i.e., critically acclaimed and historically influential works), various methods of filmmaking, and several ways to interpret and evaluate films. Specifically we will consider the following: conventions and techniques of film art (mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound); narrative styles; specific types of films (genres, documentaries, experimental); and some critical theories within the field of film studies. Classes will consist of lectures, screenings, and discussion. Some films contain vulgar language, nudity, sexual situations, violence, and/or racial slurs.
NOTE: Style and Storytelling in Cinema is not designed to teach students how to make their own films or to provide students with an opportunity to watch contemporary movies and then chat casually about why they are “boring” or “cool.” Please keep the above goals in mind throughout the quarter.