ENGL 203
Reading Films Fall 2009
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 223 / ENGL 203
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An introduction to film analysis, emphasizing the role played by mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography, and sound. In addition, we will consider aspects of film history, including the role of genre and the contrasting narrative conventions prevailing in Hollywood and in different national traditions, such as the silent cinema of the Soviet montage and the French New Wave cinema. Critical readings will be assigned, as we examine films by directors such as Eisenstein, Renoir, Welles, Kurosowa, Hitchcock, and Almodovar.
The Class: Format: lecure/discussion
Limit: 35
Expected: 35
Class#: 1626
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short responses, a seven page critical essay, a midterm, and a final exam; active participation required, along with a willingness to view course films more than once
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course; not open to students who have taken English 204 without permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and current English majors
Unit Notes: meets post-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 223 Division I ENGL 203 Division I

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