Introduction to the Art of Film - Fall 2007

Course Policies
Introduction

August

 

15
Course Introduction – The Audience That Knew Too Much

 

Working Definitions of "Critical Reading" and "Text"

 

 

20

The Business - Distribution, Promotion, Exhibition

 

 Film Experience – Chapter 1

Screening:  Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, 1950)


22

Star System


Recommended Reading: "Béla Balázs on the Face of Greya Garbo," Film Experience, p.72-74




Composition

27

Mise-en-scene


Film Experience – Chapter 2

 

Screening: Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922)

 


29

German Expressionism


Quiz #1


September
3
LABOR DAY - No Classes


5
Cinematography

Film Experience – Chapter 3


10
Cinematography

Film Experience – Chapter 3 (cont.)


Screening: Raising Arizona (Coens, 1987)

Begin exercises for Shot-by-shot


12
Recommended: Place, J.A. and L.S. Peterson. "Some Visual Motifs of Film Noir" (M&M)

Cinematography Quiz


17
Editing - Introduction to Continuity

Film Experience – Chapter 4 (p.110-36)

Screening: The Big Sleep (Hawks, 1946)


19
Shot-by-shot Exercise

Recommended: Bellour, Raymond. "The Obvious and the Code" (WebCT)


24
Editing - Alternatives to Continuity

Film Experience – Chapter 4 (p.136-65)

Screening: À bout de souffle [Breathless] (Godard, 1960)

Typed Shot-by-shot Due


26
Editing Quiz

Writing Exercise for Shot Analysis
October
1
Review for Midterm 

Shot Analysis Due, attach graded shot-by-shot


3

Midterm Exam



8

Introduction to Film Sound

Film Experience – Chapter 5

Screening: The Conversation (Coppola, 1974)

Last day to withdraw with grade of "W"


10

Introduction to Film Sound (cont.)




Organizational Structures
15 Narrative Form

Film Experience – Chapter 6

Screening: Adaptation (Jonze, 2002)


17
Segmentation Exercise


22 Genre Film

Film Experience – Chapter 8


24
Quiz  #4

Writing Exercise for Segmentation Analysis

Alternatives to the Mainstream
29
Experimental Film

Film Experience – Chapter 7

In-class: Meshes in the Afternoon (Deren, 1943); Un Chien Andalou (Buñuel, 1929)


31

Documentary


Film Experience – Chapter 7 (cont.) 


November


5
Documentary (cont.)

Screening: Grizzly Man (Herzog, 2005)

Recommended: Arthur, Paul. "Extreme Makeover: The Changing Face of Documentary" (WebCT)


7

Segment Analysis Due, attach graded segmentation



12
Global Cinema 

Film Experience – Chapter 10 (p.365-83)

Screening: Monsoon Wedding (Nair, 2001)


14
Global Cinema Cont.


19 Quiz #5


21-25
THANKSGIVING RECESS - No classes


26
American Alternatives

Film Experience – Chapter 10 (p.383-415)

Screening: 4 Little Girls (Lee, 1997)


28
Defining Independence?
December

3
Final Review for Exam


12
Final Exam -  11am-1 pm