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Courses - Fall 2020
FILM
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FILM245
Film Form and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with ENGL245.
Credit only granted for: ENGL245 or FILM245.
Introduction to film as art form and how films create meaning. Basic film terminology; fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Examination of film technique and style over past one hundred years. Social and economic functions of film within broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts.
FILM298A
Special Topics in International Film Studies; Masterpieces in French and Francophone Cinemas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listed with FILM298A. Credit granted for FREN243 or FILM298A

This course, taught in English, will present a large array of films directed by famous French directors (Jean Renoir, Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, etc..) and Francophone filmmakers (Arcand, Sembene) who were internationally known in their time and have had a considerable influence on today's filmmakers in the U.S. (Tarantino, Lynch, Lee, etc..) and abroad (Sissoko, Angelopoulos, VonTrier, ect..).
FILM298B
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: PERS283.
Credit only granted for: PERS283 or FILM298B.
Introduction to Iranian cinema, society, and culture. Taught in English.
FILM298D
Special Topics in International Film Studies; Film Art in a Global Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with CMLT280. Credit only granted for: CMLT280 or FILM298D.
FILM301
Cinema History I: The Silent Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities.
Examines the development of silent cinema from the 1890s to the early 1930s drawing on at least five distinct national traditions (French, German, Russian, British, and American). Introduces students to key cinematic conventions as they emerged around the world.
FILM319K
Special Topics in Documentary, Animation, Experimental Cinema, and Other Visual Media; The Disney Studio and the Animation Industry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL329L. Credit granted for ENGL329L or FILM319K. Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283: or permission of instructor.
FILM329E
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Soviet Film: Soviet Cinema and Culture after Stalin
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with RUSS398F. Credit granted for RUSS398F or FILM329E.
FILM329G
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Hollywood and Politics in the 20th Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with FILM329G. Credit granted for HIST319W or FILM329G.

How the American film industry, American films, and the Hollywood community have interacted in the course of the 20th century.
FILM329R
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; The Mafia: From Corleone to Hollywood
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with ITAL499M. Credit only granted for ITAL499M or FILM329R.
FILM359B
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; TV Genres in Context: Israeli Serials and American TV
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ISRL329B. Credit granted for FILM359B or ISRL329B.

Over the past decade, the prominence of Israeli television series has skyrocketed, both within Israel and internationally. In the U.S., Israeli tv shows have become some of the most popular on Netflix (Fauda, Shtisel), HBO (Our Boys, In Treatment), Hulu (Prisoners of War, the basis of Showtime s Homeland), and even ABC, which recently adapted the Israeli show Beauty and the Baker and retitled it wait for it! The Baker and the Beauty. This course will examine through critical analysis recent Israeli television fiction series and ask two related, fundamental questions: 1) what do these shows reflect and teach us about current Israeli culture, society, and politics; and 2) what makes these shows so adaptable and popular outside the country, especially in America.
FILM359P
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; The Films of Martin Scorsese
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ENGL329P. Credit granted for ENGL329P or FILM359P. Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, FILM283, or SLLC283; or permission of department.
FILM359X
Special Topics in Genres/Auteurs/Cinema Movements; Classic Foreign Films
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ARTH389Q. Credit only granted for ARTH389Q or FILM359X.

Students will explore classic foreign films from India, Japan, China, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and other countries. This course is designed to enable students to examine historically and artistically significant films made since 1945 by some of the most important directors in world cinema. By examining these representative examples of classic foreign films (such as The 400 Blows, Bicycle Thieves, Red Sorghum) in their geopolitical and institutional contexts, students will learn and understand how these films embody as well as give expression to modern and contemporary culture, society, and history. All films are subtitled.
FILM369N
Special Topics in Film Theories; Sound, Voice, Music
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
FILM385
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with GERM385.
Credit only granted for: GERM385, GERM285 or FILM385.
Formerly: GERM285.
A history of German cinema from the golden age of silent films to the flourishing film culture of the 21st Century. Focuses on changing ideas of the role and purpose of national cinema, as well as the cinematic representation of nation and national identity. Taught in English.
FILM388
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning: Film Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
FILM421
Francophone African Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with FREN421.
Credit only granted for: FREN421 or FILM421.
Imaginary and Memory in the reality of Francophone African Film from 1960-present. Taught in English.
FILM429G
Special Topics in National/International Cinemas; Global Art Cinemas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ARTH489Q. Credit granted for ARTH489Q or FILM429G.

Global art cinemas often challenge their audiences and demand more active engagement because of their unconventional modes of story-telling and their emphases on the directors personal expressions. Students will critically examine some of the most talked-about and engaging art films; they will also consider the influence of art history on the films by such great directors as Wong Kar-wai, Bresson, Visconti, Scorsese, Figueroa, Varda, Campion, Reichardt, Potter, Tarantino, Greenaway, and Resnais.
FILM469G
Special Topics in Film Theories II; Cinema in the History of Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
FILM499
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Film Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.