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ENGL 104 ONL - Intro to Film

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Thoughtful viewing of diverse films (in required weekly screenings), along with ample discussion and critical reading and writing, to gain understanding of cinematic expression and of film's capacity to entertain and to exert artistic and social influence. Course Information: Same as MACS 104.

Special Instructions:

This introductory film studies course aims to develop students- capacity for critical film viewing and deepened understanding of the cinema experience. We first study analysis of narrative strategies, shot properties, mise-en-scene, acting, editing, and the use of sound in films, especially classical Hollywood movies. We then focus also on different genres and styles of films, including, e.g., film noir and musicals, as well as alternative independent films. Expect to watch 2-4 films per week, and to write a couple of weekly lessons focused on aspects of film form, styles, and or functions-submitted online, these include several short essays; to take a midterm and a final; and participate in online discussions. Course film list: (week 1) The Artist (2011), The Player (1992), Singin- in the Rain (1952), North by Northwest (1959); (week 2) Mildred Pierce (2011), Lost in Translation (2003); (week 3) Chinatown (1974), Citizen Kane (1941); (week 4) Life Lessons from New York Sto

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Summer


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