SAC 272 - Classical Film Theory
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Saks,Lucia A

Film has attracted the attention of many observers who, throughout the twentieth century, sought to understand the medium beyond its commercial value. This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts and intellectual preoccupations of these philosophically-minded commentators from the first half of the twentieth century whose work constitutes what is now known as "classical film theory." Attention will be given to major theorists and theorist/filmmakers such as Hugo Munsterberg, Sergei Eisenstein, Rudolf Arnheim, Andre Bazin, and others. We will engage with their writings and seek to understand how they theorized the existing function and future possibilities of film as an art form, as a medium often regarded as having a special link to "reality," as a phenomenon of mass culture, and as a technology implicated in the cultural and industrial changes associated with modernity. Emphasis will be given to the application of these ideas to films that appeared during the period in which these theorists wrote.

SAC 272 - Classical Film Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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