English 1154: Film as Literature

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Film as Literature

 


Instructor: Tammie Bob                               Fall 2005    Mondays  7-9:50pm   IC3103

Office: IC3129b                      

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Phillips, William HFilm, an Introduction. Bedford St. Martinís


DESCRIPTION
Film is an art form thatís only slightly more than 100 years old, yet in that time it has become one of the most dominant of contemporary texts, and arguably one of the most popular. Like written literature and visual art, film has its artistic techniques, its history, its schools, genres, philosophies, theorists, political and social implications, its practitioners and devotees. In this course, youíll learn how films are composed and constructed, and ways to analyze and contextualize what you see.  This introduction to film will study a variety of classic motion pictures to acquaint the student with their value as literary and cinematic art.  Viewings, readings from the textbook, scripts and critical essays will provide material for discussion and written work.   

OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

bullet View, discuss and analyze films.  
bullet Write critical analyses and evaluations of the selected films.  
bullet Recognize and discuss specific film genres.
bullet Identify and understand specific critical theories related to the classical Hollywood system, culture and nationalism, as well as gender and sexuality.

EVALUATION

bullet Attendance (10%)
bullet Participation         (10%)
bullet Writing assignments (40%)  

         4 response papers (as noted on the syllabus) including:

         1 on film technique

         2 on placing film in societal, political, or historical context

         1 on genre

bullet Film Analysis paper (15%)
bullet Midterm  (10%)
bulletFinal (15%)

REQUIREMENTS

bullet Attendance
bullet Participation
bullet Assigned and supplementary readings  
bullet Completion of response paper essays
bullet Research paper
bulletMidterm
bullet Completion of final exam

 

 

WEEK 1 9/12

ASSIGNMENT

 

INTRODUCTION
Overview : Why Film as Literature?
Clips: Cabinet of Dr. Caligari;

WEEK 2

9/19

ASSIGNMENTS

MISE-EN-SCENE
 
 North by Northwest
READING: Chs. 1, 2, pp. 11-112

WEEK 3

9/26
ASSIGNMENT

CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM/NARRATIVE
:   Oxbow Incident  READING: Ch. 6 Aspects of the Fictional Film pp. 247-289

Response paper 1 due

WEEK 4

10/3
ASSIGNMENT


 PHOTOGRAPHY/EDITING


Feature:   Godfather

READING: Ch. 3 Editing

WEEK 5

10/10

ASSIGNMENT

Feature :  Godfather
READING: Ch. 7Types of Fictional Films

WRITING: Response Paper 2 due

WEEK 6

10/17


ASSIGNMENT

Homage/References

The Freshman

Ch. 5 Sources for the fictional Film

WEEK 7

10/24
ASSIGNMENT

Film Styles
:  Unfaithfully Yours
READING:  Reading: Ch. 9 Understanding Films Through Contexts

Response paper 3

WEEK 8

10/31

ASSIGNMENT

Midterm

 

In class: Appendix on p.521: Sample Film Analysis

 

WEEK 9

11/7

ASSIGNMENT

Social Commentary

The Graduate

Ch., 10: Thinking about films

Response paper 4 due

WEEK 10

11/14

ASSIGNMENT

NATIONALISMS AND CULTURES
ITALIAN NEO-REALISM
: Bicycle Thief

 

WEEK 11

11/21
ASSIGNMENT

Taxi Driver

WEEK 12
11/28
ASSIGNMENT

WRITING: PAPER DUE

WEEK 13

12/5

American Grafitti

WEEK 14

12/12
ASSIGNMENT

Life is Beautiful

WEEK 15
12/19

ASSIGNMENT

FINAL EXAM

 



 

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the films in this series contain elements that some viewers might find personally objectionable,due to language, scenes containing or referring to sex or violence, or subject matter. Some have received "R" ratings. If you think that you will have difficulties studying such films, please drop the course.

Please NOTE: Scheduled films or assignments may change at the discretion of the instructor, depending on the needs of the class.

ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance is required.  In-class assignments are an essential part of the classroom experience.   If you miss  more than 2 classes, your  grade may be reduced by a letter grade (ten points).  Repeated lateness will be marked as absence.

Plagiarism:  I take this very seriously. Please donít consider it, because at the very least it will cause you to fail the class, and you may be referred to the Dean of Students with even more dire consequences.
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Films:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Unfaithfully Yours

The Ox-Bow Incident

North by Northwest

The Bicycle Thief

The Graduate

The Godfather

American Grafitti

Taxi Driver

The Freshman

Life is Beautiful