This seminar seeks to offer an introduction to the methods and research issues of the discipline(s) of film and media studies. We will be focusing on many theoretical and historiographical debates about media production and reception; we will address methods of textual analysis and basic concepts of film form, technique and style; industrial/critical/idealogical categories of genres (i.e. biopic, musical, horror) and generic modes (realism, melodrama, ethnographic, and exilic cinema), authorship, and stardom; aspects of the cinema as a social institution, psychological apparatus, cultural practice, and ground for identity politics. Films discussed will include works by Vittorio De Sica, Fritz Lang, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Zhang Yimou, King Vidor, Alfred Hitchcock, and Wong Kar-Way, among others. In additon to course texts, there are other readings included in C-Tools.