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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses English English Film Studies Courses (354)  

English Film Studies Courses (354)

01:354:201 Introduction to Film I (3) Film study, with emphasis on basic concepts of film analysis (narrative, editing, mise-en-scène, and sound) and the historical development of cinema as an institution. Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:201.
01:354:202 Introduction to Film II (3) Film study, with emphasis on commercial cinema as an institution (genres, directors, and stars) and on nonnarrative types of film (documentary, experimental). Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:202.
01:354:205 Cinema Today (4) This course surveys contemporary cinema from 2000 to the present.
01:354:210 Close Readings of Cinema (4) Formal analyses of six or seven individual films; emphasis on visual track, sound track, and scenario-narrative construction. Credit not give for both this course and 01:175:210.
01:354:250 The Films of Alfred Hitchcock (4) A survey of the major films of the "master of suspense" from the silent era through the 1970s.
01:354:270 American Screen Comedy (4) Classical American screen comedy: American screen comedy from the 1920s to the 1960s, ranging from the films of comedians to those of writers and directors.
01:354:301 Digital Cinema (4) A study of the role played by digital technology in shaping the imaging and sound practices found in the contemporary cinematic landscape from the 1990s to the present.
01:354:308 The Craft of Screenwriting (3) Nature and theory of the screenplay; practice in writing for the screen, from short scenes to longer projects.
01:354:312 Cinema and the Arts (3) Relationship between film and aesthetic movements in literature and the arts, such as expressionism, cubism, futurism, constructivism, and surrealism. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent.
01:354:315 American Cinema I (3) American film from the silent period to 1940; emphasis on the development of American cinema both as a social institution and a symbolic form. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent. Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:315.
01:354:316 American Cinema II (3) American film from 1940 to the present; emphasis on the height of the Hollywood studio and its decline in the late 1950s and 1960s. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent. Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:316.
01:354:318 Cinema of New York and New Jersey (4) A history of the development of the motion picture industry in New York and New Jersey, where filmmakers unhappy with conditions of industrial mass production on the west coast worked to create an alternative "Hollywood on the Hudson."
01:354:320 World Cinema I (3) Developments in French, Italian, British, Russian, and other national cinemas from 1896 to World War II; also examines cross-influences between foreign and American cinema. Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:320 or 01:175:320. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent.
01:354:321 World Cinema II (3) Developments in French, Italian, British, Russian, Japanese, and other national cinemas after World War II; also examines cross-influences between foreign and American cinema. Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:321 or 01:175:321. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent.
01:354:330,331 Critical Methodology in Film (3,3) Critical methodology, reviewing genre theory, theories of authorship, Marxist, feminist, cultural-materialist, and psychoanalytic criticism as applied to film. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent.
01:354:335 Film Sound (4) An international history of film sound with emphasis on the development of sound technology, the stylistic and aesthetic conventions of film sound, and theoretical discourses surrounding sound in the cinema.
01:354:350,351 Major Filmmakers (3,3) Questions of meaning in film through the work of such major directors as Ford, Renoir, Hawks, Ophuls, Bergman, Mizoguchi, and Hitchcock. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent. Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:350, 351.
01:354:355 Films of John Ford (4) A study of films made by American cinema's poet laureate that explores topics such as Ford, Lincoln, and history; race and ethnicity; populism and politics; and women, native Americans, and the West.
01:354:356 Films of Jean Renoir and Fritz Lang (4) A comparison of the work of two European directors who, after achieving international prominence in their respective countries (France, Germany), fled Hitler and came to Hollywood in the 1940s
01:354:360 Film Noir (4) Survey of American hard-boiled cinema from the early 1940s to 1958 with a focus on private eyes, lone wolves, femme fatales, and losers.
01:354:370 Film Genres (3) Analysis of film genres, such as the western, comedy, horror film, film noir, and the musical; theory of genre; and history of genre criticism. May cover more than one genre. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent. Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:370.
01:354:371 Film Melodrama (4) Survey of film melodrama from the silent era to the present, including subgenres such as the family melodrama, the romantic melodrama, melodramatic triangles, the maternal melodrama, and race and melodrama.
01:354:373 The Documentary (3) History, theory, and practice of documentary film, including ethnographic film, propaganda, newsreel, direct cinema, video verite, social activist film, postmodern documentary, and antidocumentary. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent. Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:373.
01:354:374 Science Fiction Film (4) A survey of science fiction cinema that explores the relationship between the human and the inhuman, the fantastic and the realistic, the familiar and the "other," and the present and the future.
01:354:375 Film and Society (3) Analysis of films in their sociopolitical contexts, including issues of race, class, and gender; relation between film as art form and the politics of culture. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent.
01:354:385 Theories of Women and Film (3) Basic concepts in feminist film theory; the female voice in cinema; representations of women in classical Hollywood film; and films made by women. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent.
01:354:391,392 Special Topics in Film Studies (3,3) Intensive study of a particular national cinema, period in film history, studio, or genre. Sections designed by individual instructors; consult departmental announcement. Prerequisite: 01:355:101 or equivalent.
01:354:410 Seminar in Film Studies (3) Contemporary issues in film studies, ranging from the return to history to questions about the role of theory in the age of post-theory.
01:354:420 Seminar: Film Theory (3) Major developments in film theory from the silent era to the present; writings on film by Eisenstein, Kracauer, Bazin, Metz, Barthes, and others; practice in using different methods to analyze films. Prerequisites: 01:359:201 or 202 plus any 200-level English department film course (01:354:201, 202, or 210). Credit not given for both this course and 01:175:420.
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