SAC 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Section: 001 Film Musicals
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 230 or 236.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course covers musicals from MGM and other studio “classical” musicals to musicals from Bollywood, France, and beyond. We also will discuss animated short films, biopics, singalong musicals, YouTube and web series, connections between musicals and melodramas, biopics, musical adaptations, children’s musicals, and parodies. The study of film musicals came of age in the 80s, but since then has switched gears as scholars began to question aspects of the musical people often take for granted, posing questions of production and casting history, the genre’s often fraught relationships to race, class, celebrity, and nationalism; the importance of fantasy and emotion. Readings include works by B. Brecht, R Dyer, K Kessler, R. Altman, M. Tinkcom, S. Cohan, A. MacCracken; films are screened weekly.

Course Requirements:

Assessments will be based on performance on assignments including two papers, participation, and a creative project.

Intended Audience:

Upper-level SAC students and students from School of Music, Theatre and Dance, English, American Culture, etc.

Class Format:

Discussions and informal lectures plus weekly screenings.

SAC 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LAB)
Tu 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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