ENGL 203(F,S) Reading Films (Same as Comparative Literature 223)

An introduction to the interpretive analysis of film, emphasizing the close study of such formal features as mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography, and sound in order to make sense of a film's meanings. In addition, we will consider aspects of film history, including the role of genre and the contrasting narrative and visual conventions prevailing in Hollywood and in strikingly different national traditions, such as the silent cinema of the Soviet montage and the German expressionist movements and the French New Wave cinema of the 1960s. Critical readings will be assigned, and we will examine films by such directors as Eisenstein, Keaton, Murnau, Renoir, Hawks, Welles, Kurosowa, Hitchcock, Amodovar and Jonze. Format: discussion/seminar. Requirements: vary by section, but usually include two papers, one or two film editing exercises, a final examination, and active participation in class discussions. Prerequisite: a 100-level English course, except 150. Enrollment limit: 35 per section (expected: 35 per section). Preference given to sophomores and current English majors. Two sections. (Post-1900)

Hour: First semester: ROSENHEIM Second semester: TIFFT