FTVM 272 - Classical Film Theory
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This class offers an overview of the key terms and debates in film theory up to about 1970. Specific concepts include realism and formalism; authorship and genre; editing and montage. We'll also be exploring these concepts and debates as they extend to other media such as digital screen cultures and television — there are numerous exciting parallels between discussions about early film and the early years of television and digital culture. The course will include such theorists as Benjamin, Eisenstein, Vertov, Kracauer, and Bazin, and our screenings combine recent films with those that circulated when these and other theorists were writing.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed based on attendance, in-class assignments, critical essays, participation, an annotated bibliography project, a midterm, and a final exam.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in cinema and other media forms, as well as those in other all areas interested in some of the theoretical debates that screen media have raised in their 100+ year history.

Class Format:

The course meets twice weekly for lectures with an additional lab for viewing movies.


FTVM 272 - Classical Film Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (LAB)
 In Person
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
003 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
004 (LAB)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 6:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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