ENGL 204
Hollywood Film Fall 2017 Division I; Cross-listed as ENGL204 / COMP221
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For almost a century, Hollywood films have been the world’s most influential art form, shaping how we dress and talk, how we think about sex, race, and power, and what it means to be American. We’ll examine both the characteristic pleasures provided by Hollywood’s dominant genres–including action films, horror films, thrillers and romantic comedies–and the complex, sometimes unsavory fantasies they mobilize. We will do this by looking carefully at a dozen or so iconic films, probably including Psycho; Casablanca; The Godfather; Schindler’s List; Bridesmaids; Groundhog Day, and 12 Years a Slave. In addition to the assigned reading, students will be required to attend free screenings of course films on Sunday evenings at Images Cinema.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 60
Expected: 60
Class#: 1831
Requirements/Evaluation: mandatory attendance at free Sunday 8:00 pm film screenings at Images, two 2-page essays analyzing a short film sequence, two editing exercises (produce a clip and a <2-page essay), one midterm, and a final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: English majors
Distributions: Division I;
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives; ENGL Literary Histories C; FMST Core Courses

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