Cinema & Media Studies

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  • CAS CI 101: History of Global Cinema 1: Origins through 1950s
    Gives overview of history of global cinema from beginning of cinema through the 1950s. Introduces concepts of modes of production, national and transnational frameworks, film aesthetics, film authorship, and other factors that influenced production, circulation, and reception of films worldwide. Carries humanities divisional studies credit in CAS.
  • CAS CI 102: History of Global Cinema 2: 1960s to the Present
    Overview of global cinema from the 1960s to the present. Topics include international new waves from the 1960s to the 1980s; recent global art cinemas; American film from the decline of studio era to the blockbuster. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS CI 201: Literature and the Art of Film
    Survey and analysis of cinema as an expressive medium from the silent period to the present. Films are screened weekly and discussed in conjunction with works of literature. Students must register for screening, discussion, and lecture. Also offered as CAS EN 175.
  • CAS CI 202: Understanding Film
    Introduces students to key aesthetic aspects of film by exploring a range of styles and genres in film as seen through the medium's history. Focus on analysis of formal elements, viewing both complete films and individual sequences.
  • CAS CI 260: Modern Japanese Culture in Cinema
    Major modern Japanese films are interpreted in the light of Japanese culture. Film scripts and the important literary sources are read in English; films are shown with subtitles. Also Offered as CAS LJ 283.
  • CAS CI 270: Israeli Culture through Film
    Examines changes in Israeli society over the last fifty years through the medium of film. Traces cultural responses to the Arab/Israeli conflict, the Holocaust, and Sephardi-Ashkenazi relations. Also offered as CAS LH 283 and CAS LH 453.
  • CAS CI 303: Understanding TV
    Examines the ways in which industrial factors and communication policies have shaped the medium that sits in 99% of U.S. homes. Navigates the history of a medium that has always negotiated the tensions between network control and creative freedom.
  • CAS CI 373: Women and Film
    Study of principally American films, exploring how the medium has shaped and been shaped by cultural perceptions of women. Readings provide background for interpretation of films ranging from screwball comedy to film noir, "women's films," and films by women directors. Also offered as CAS WS 346.
  • CAS CI 378: Modern Greek Culture and Film
    Introduction to Greek cultural, social, historical, political, economic, and religious issues through a range of films that have reflected and shaped contemporary Greek society. Entertainment, education, popular culture, propaganda, and identity- and nation-building practices as reflected in Greek cinema. Also offered as CAS CG 357.
  • CAS CI 390: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2015: From Page to Screen: Film Adaptations of Persian and Arabic Literature. In this course we explore film, and other media, adaptations of Arabic and Persian literature. Students examine competing theories of adaptation and the historical changes that have occurred in film production in the Arab world and Iran. Also offered as CAS LY 470 A1 and CAS XL 315 A1.
  • CAS CI 462: Asian Cinema
    Surveys important and influential films from India, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and elsewhere in East Asia from the 1950s to the present, including works from Satyajit Ray, Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Zhang Yimou, Tsai Ming-liang, and Wong Kar-wai.
  • CAS CI 465: Modernity/Shakespeare/Film
    Filmed adaptations of Shakespeare in contrasting "Renaissance" and contemporary styles. How is the past imagined? What are the functions of nostalgia? How is modernity represented? Plays read alongside multiple films as well as theories of performance, reception, and visual pleasure. Also offered as CAS EN 465.
  • CAS CI 490: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
    Three topics are offered Fall 2015. Students may take one, two, or three for credit. Pre-requisites may vary with topics. Section A1: Visual Politics: Propaganda Art, Literature, and "Model Films" During the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). A study of "model films," poster art, and literature during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A critical approach to the larger cultural and political context of socialist art and literature as well as its legacy in China today. Also offered as CAS LC 470 A1. Section B1: New French Identities: Immigration and Citizenship in French Cinema (pre-requisites: CAS LF 350 or equivalent, or consent of instructor) Examines the shaping of French identity in French and Francophone films. Special attention to issues of family and education, discrimination, religion, and language. Questions of marginalization and of citizenship are discussed in relation to immigration and ethnicity. Also offered as CAS LF 469. Section C1: Yakuza. Second only to the samurai, the yakuza represents one of Japan's most mythic figures. Examines images of the yakuza in narrative, photography, memoir, political history, and especially cinema. Considers tradition, violence, masculinity, and nationalism in the history of the yakuza. Also offered as CAS LJ 451.
  • CAS CI 521: American Independent Film
    A survey of cinema from the past three decades originating outside of the studio system. Filmmakers to be examined include Elaine May, Barbara Loder, John Cassavetes, Robert Kramer, Mark Rappaport, and Charles Burnett, among others.
  • CAS CI 522: The Documentary
    Examines the history and evolution of documentary or nonfiction film. Considers such movements and genres as the British Documentary Movement, the "city symphony," cinéma vérité, ethnographic film, American Direct Cinema, and the essay film.
  • CAS CI 529: Hollywood Genre Films
    Major themes and techniques explored by both writers and filmmakers. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2015: Hollywood Genre Films. Study of the history, conventions, and development of four Hollywood film genres to determine what these films say about the culture that made and watched them. Readings in literature, film criticism, and genre theory. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS EN 375.
  • CAS CI 534: Avant-Garde Cinema
    Survey of American and international avant-garde film and experimental media from the 1920s to the present. Explores film, video, and digital video as mediums of unadulterated artistic expression resulting in daring, experimental forms and controversial contents.
  • CAS CI 543: Hitchcock
    Survey/analysis of the films of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most commercially successful, widely identifiable, and popular of all film directors; also one of those most respected for his psychological and metaphysical profundity, sharp social commentary, and artistic perfection.
  • CAS CI 562: French Cinema and Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Analysis of classic French films by Vigo, Renoir, Carné, Malle, Bresson, Godard, and Truffaut as well as later twentieth and early twenty-first century works. Weekly screenings, reading of literary models and film theory. Also offered as CAS LF 556.
  • CAS CI 583: TV Theory and Criticism
    This course sets aside evaluative considerations of TV in favor of theoretical and critical approaches that challenge widespread assumptions about the medium and expand our understanding of its role in our lives.