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Fall 2018 Film BC3201 section 001

Call Number 02089
Day & Time
T 10:10am-12:00pm
LL104 Diana Center
Day & Time
R 5:00pm-8:00pm
LL104 Diana Center
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Breixo Viejo Vinas
Course Description We derive much of our information about the world from visual media. Social networks, television, cinema: all shape our aesthetic sensibilities and our political visions. Yet we often lack a basic understanding of what could be called "visual literacy." This introductory course gives students the critical tools to analyze how film and other visual media really work - in order to appreciate their artistic and social achievements, as well as to guard against their insidious manipulative devices. In the first part of the semester, we focus on FILM ANALYSIS through a detailed study of the different production phases filmmaking - from screenwriting and mise-en-scene to editing and film scoring. We pay special attention to the way in which certain stylistic and narrative choices have particular ideological effects. The second part of the course looks at FILM HISTORY through a comprehensive, chronological overview of its main movements and periods, including the coming of sound in Hollywood cinema, post-war Italian Neorealism, the emergence of world auteurs, New Waves in the 1960s and 1970s, etc. Students will use the hermeneutical tools learnt in film analysis to intellectually engage with some masterworks of film history. In the third and final part of the semester, we study the major debates of FILM THEORY from perspectives such as auteurism, formalism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism, postcolonial and queer studies, etc. In-class screenings include "Sunrise" (Murnau, 1927), "Man with a Movie Camera" (Vertov, 1929), "Modern Times" (Chaplin, 1936), "Bicycle Thieves" (De Sica, 1948),"Rashomon" (Kurosawa, 1950), "Hiroshima mon amour" (Resnais, 1959), and "The Devils" (Russell, 1973), among others.
Web Site Vergil
Department Film @Barnard
Enrollment 35 students (60 max) as of 8:00PM Sunday, December 9, 2018
Subject Film
Number BC3201
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Professional Studies, Global Programs
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20183FILM3201X001

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