COMP 221
Hollywood Cinema Fall 2015 Division I;
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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, science fiction and fantasy, 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;The Godfather; The Matrix; Schindler’s List; The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King;Bridesmaids; 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: 135
Expected: 100
Class#: 1286
Requirements/Evaluation: mandatory attendance at free Sunday 8pm film screenings at Images, one 5-page paper, a midterm, and a final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
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; not open to students who have taken English 203
Enrollment Preference: sophomores; English majors; first year students
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