ENGL 262
European Cinema and Film Theory
Last Offered Fall 2023
Division I Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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This seminar explores the foundations of contemporary European cinema by studying a range of films from 1920-1985, and offers a grounding in film theory and aesthetics by pairing such films with theoretical essays by philosophers and aestheticians from the silent era through the 1970s. We will establish a kind of map of cinematic styles and movements, ranging from German expressionism and Soviet montage in silent films of the 1920s, through French realism of the prewar and Italian neorealism of the early postwar era, to the insurrectionary films of the French New Wave and the stylistic innovations of the German New Wave and of Swedish cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. We will study films by such directors as Wiene, Murnau, Lang, Eisenstein, Vertov, Dreyer, Renoir, Riefenstahl, Rossellini, Fellini, Truffaut, Godard, Varda, Herzog, Bergman, Tarkovsky, and Almodóvar.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1828
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular class participation and four 5-page papers, two of them submitted in both a draft and a revision
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 Preferences: first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: Four 5-page papers will be assigned, two of them in a first draft and a revision; there will be feedback on these drafts before the revision, as well as on the other two papers before a subsequent paper is due.
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
ENGL Literary Histories C

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