Courses

  • COM CI 460: Masters of Italian Cinema
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 303
    The creative work of Fellini, Visconti, Antonioni, Bertolucci, and De Sica as expressions of a specific cultural perspective on Italian life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Additional focus on several novels and screen plays that have influenced the work of the directors. Also offered as CAS LI 473.
  • COM 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. Also offered as COM FT 404 and COM FT 708.
  • COM 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.
  • COM CI 490: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
    Two topics are offered for Fall 2017. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Growing Up in Korea. Examines memoirs, prose fiction, film, television dramas, graphic narratives to ask: how have the conventions of Korean coming-of-age narratives evolved over time? What does this say about changes in Korean identity? No knowledge of Korean required. Also offered as CAS LK 470 A1. Section B1: 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 and CAS XL 470 A1.
  • COM CI 493: Cims Internship
  • COM CI 494: Cims Internship
  • COM CI 510: Film Theory
    Survey of the writing and thinking of influential theorists and critics. Includes screenings of films relevant to the theoretical discussions, and questions how films offer their own ideas about the nature of film. Also offered as COM FT 536.
  • COM 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 Comsavetes, Robert Kramer, Mark Rappaport, and Charles Burnett, among others. Also offered as COM FT 533 and COM FT 723.
  • COM 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," cinema verite, ethnographic film, American Direct Cinema, and the essay film. Also offered as COM FT 560.
  • COM CI 523: Melodrama in Japanese Film
    Uses Japan as case study to examine melodrama film/literature. Considers how genre helps us to better understand a work of art, how linguistic and cultural differences challenge that understanding, and how melodrama explores gender, cultural identity, morality, and sexuality. Also offered as CAS LJ 451 C1.
  • COM CI 529: 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.
  • COM CI 530: Topics in TV Genre Studies
    Two topics are offered for Fall 2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Broadcasting Horror. Examines the censorship of horror; horror's relation to sound; the aesthetics of TV horror; horror and genre mixing; the serialization of horror; broadcast vs. cable horror; and the violence of horror. Pre-req: COM FT 303. Also offered as COM FT 554. Section B1: TV Genres and Fandom. TV programs have huge fan bases, whether cult audiences, fanboys and fangirls, or X-Philes and Trekkies. Using scholarship on reception theory and fan studies to explore multiple television genres and their connections to enduring varities of fandom. Pre- req: COM FT 303. Also offered as COM FT 554.
  • COM 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. Also offered as COM FT 554.
  • COM CI 537: French New Wave
    Studies the great 1960s movement through the films of Resnais, Malle, Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Varda, and others, as well as their writings. Also considers the movement's influence and what has developed out of it. Also offered as COM FT 563.
  • COM 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. Also offered as COM FT 535.
  • COM CI 545: Stanley Kubrick: The Cinema of Dread
    Intensive study of Kubrick's films, from Fear and Desire to Eyes Wide Shut. Readings of pertinent fiction by Nabokov, Burgess, Thackeray, Stephen King, and Arthur C. Clarke. Topics include: black comedy, visionary experience, utopic misanthropy. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS EN 593.
  • COM CI 548: Studies in Literature and the Arts: Steven Spielberg
    Intensive study of films by Steven Spielberg and some of the novels he adapted for the screen. Topics include: the blockbuster mentality, childhood sentimentalities, and made-to-order visionary experience. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS EN 593.
  • COM CI 549: Robert Altman and Contemporaries
    Examines a number of Robert Altman's films as well as other directors', considering a vision of America formed in the cultural turmoil of the '70s and how their films projected their understanding of life, people, and the culture at large. Also offered as COM FT 554.
  • COM CI 550: Strange Art: Cassavetes and Bresson
    The course focuses on the creative process, the relation of art and life, the differences between artistic and corporate expression, and the sheer strangeness of the work of two of the greatest geniuses of recent film. Also offered as COM FT 554.
  • COM CI 551: Topics in Auteur Studies
    Two topics are offered for Fall 2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Antonioni/Bergman. In-depth examination of Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman and their new and powerful narrative and visual approaches to human sexuality and personal interaction, the modern sense of alienation, ecological and political crises of their era, and philosophy. Also offered as COM FT 548. Section B1: The Films of John Schlesinger in Context. Explores John Schlesinger's roots in documentary filmmaking, his radical understanding of love and sexual politics, his grasp of questions of national identity and allegiance, and the technical brilliance of his films.