RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
Section: 001 Cultural Histories of Music in/on Film
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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What can one learn through cinema about music? Isn’t cinema about unfolding stories and displaying imagery? This course introduces to students certain music genres/traditions and cultural histories of music through movies produced in different countries (i.e., France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, United States, and People’s Republic of China) at different times (from 1930 to 2014). It not only explores musical subjects ranging from Kabuki (in Kenji Mizoguchi’s The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums) and Peking opera (in Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine) to cabaret (in Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel) and Japanese hip-hop (in Sion Sono’s Tokyo Tribe), but also looks into musicians ranging from Mozart (in Miloš Forman’s Amadeus) and Paganini (in Klaus Kinski’s Kinski Paganini) to Édith Piaf (in Olivier Dahan’s Le Vie en Rose) and Jerry Lee Lewis (in Jim McBride’s Great Balls of Fire!). It aims to broaden students’ exposure to music through cinema, thereby stimulating students’ thoughts on why music is more than creation of beautiful sounds, what makes music universal or otherwise, and how music represents individual and collective identities.

RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
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001 (SEM)
1RC Ugrd
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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