SAC 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Section: 003 The Art of the Film
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 230 or 236.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

We will make a careful analytical study of representative major films spanning the international cinematic history of movies that tell all or part of their tales from the point of view of an involved participant in the action rather than from the stance of an objective onlooker. Film is especially conducive to this dramatic technique, often called by the shadowy name "Expressionism." We will study a wide variety of examples from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to much more recent manifestations of the genre. Exactly what we will be seeing depends upon availability of good prints and on negotiations still incomplete in quest of a varied menu. The selection will surely include the usual complement of classics by major directors. There will be one film per week and two 1 1/2 hour lecture classes. ENGLSIH 411 may be repeated if content is different from a previous election. There are no prerequisites. Nevertheless, this course is not "An Introduction to the Movies," so any previous work in film analysis, theory, history, mechanics, and aesthetics couldn't hurt. Should film study be new to you, do not feel insecure. You will not be alone, and the course's reading will give you a solid foundation. I will also be happy to recommend preparatory reading. The course will emphasize the relationships between what these films say and how they say it, their styles, their cinematic "languages," their content, and their context.

The screening of films will be at the Michigan Theater.

Some reading [Giannetti's UNDERSTANDING MOVIES or an alternate text if that is old news to you]; three 2-page papers; final exam. No "Incompletes" except under catastrophic circumstances. If you harbor the deplorable opinion that rigorous standards for composing analytical/critical prose are inappropriate for film courses, this class is not for you. Anyone who insists that "media" takes a singular verb flunks.

SAC 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
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26975
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LAB)
 
26977
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Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
003 (LEC)
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39347
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61
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (LAB)
 
43821
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61
 
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M 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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Note:
Text: Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies, 12th Ed., 2010. Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, but 11th or 10th Ed. will do.You may order books on the Internet rather than go to the local book stores, which will have them -- but usually [not always] at a higher price, new or used. Three good sources of reasonably priced new, used and even out-of-press books are: [1] abebooks.com [2] alibris.com [3] amazon.com
ISBN: 9780205737543
Understanding movies, Author: Louis Giannetti., Publisher: Allyn & Bacon 12th ed.
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780195019919
The major film theories : an introduction, Author: J. Dudley Andrew., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reprint. 1976
Optional
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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