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CWL 451 RM3 - Intl Film Genres and Auteurs - History, Politics, & Bollywood

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Advanced, in-depth study of either (a) cinematic genres, or (b) major film directors. Genres may include musicals, horror films, Westerns, melodrama, comedies, film noir. Auteurs will include major figures of world cinema whose influence over the medium is widespread, such as Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Vertov, Bergman. No foreign language knowledge required. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or subsequent semesters to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours or 8 graduate hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: One cinema course or consent of instructor.

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History, Politics, and Bollywood This course offers an advanced introduction to Indian cinema for graduates and advanced undergraduates. Indian cinema is a multilingual, multilocal behemoth, producing more than 2,000 films every year in 50 languages and dialects. Bollywood, the popular name for Hindi cinema produced in the city of Bombay/Mumbai, accounts for less than one-fifth of all Indian cinemas. Students will read about the colonial backdrop of Indian cinema-s emergence, the evolution of the star-centric system, musical melodramas, and popular cinema-s perennial struggles against the state-s policies and mandates. Apart from an informed study of the historical background of Bollywood and other Indian popular cinemas, students will get to learn about the `new cinema- or parallel cinema movements in India and the work of such Indian auteurs as Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal et al. This course will offer the students the opportunity to use digital methods and tools for studyin

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Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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