SAC 330 - Major Directors
Section: 001 The Age of Hitchcock
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
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This class satisfies the American Literature requirement for English concentrators.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course, we'll look at some of the most famous films of Alfred Hitchcock — and of contemporary revisions of them — not only as vivid and entertaining works in their own right, but as foundational documents in the psychic and social work accomplished by 20th century entertainment industries. Foregrounding ostensibly "perverse" forms of sexuality, blurring the lines between these psycho-sexual inclinations and the "normal," raising questions about the nature of spectatorship (cinematic and otherwise) and surveillance, placing entertainment in a larger context of social practices and perversities, Hitchcock's films have served as objects of imaginative and critical response that has extended the ways we think not only about film as film, but the cultural and historical institutions that shaped the film industry and which that industry has shaped in turn. Hitchcock films to be viewed include: The Lodger, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Notorious, Spellbound, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest; we'll also consider by way of comparison and contrast some of the works of Hitchcock’s contemporaries, like Fritz Lang (M) and some works from our own time: the Wachowski brothers' Bound; Atom Egoyan's Exotica; Jonathan Demme's Something Wild Ferzan Ozpetek's Facing Windows, Michael Haneke’s Caché and/or Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others as providing consequential variations on Hitchcock's themes. I'll ask students to read some essays in the theory of film and visuality at large; also some classic essays on Hitchcock. But the main work of the course will be viewing and responding in an adult and critical manner to the films themselves.

SAC 330 - Major Directors
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 001 (Freedman) This course satisfies the American Literature requirement for English concentrators.
002 (LAB)
W 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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