SAC 272 - Classical Film Theory
Section: 003
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Saks,Lucia A

This course is an introduction to the major positions and concepts in film theory that dominated discussions of cinema as a unique medium, a narrative practice, an aesthetic, social and psychological experience and a cultural phenomenon during its first fifty years Through close readings of film theory and criticism we will encounter different ways of theorizing what makes the cinema unique as a medium and its effect on the spectator, the text, the perception of the world, politics and the other arts. Film theory is multi-disciplinary and draws on many other scholarly fields generating a variety of conceptual paradigms. In classical film theory concepts were drawn and then modified from theories of perception, aesthetics, technology, spectatorship, Marxism, and above all realism and formalism or naturalism. This course seeks to expose students to these paradigms so that they can use them in their own analytic and conceptual thinking about the cinema.

SAC 272 - Classical Film Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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