COMP 153
Japanese Film Fall 2015
Division I
Cross-listed JAPN 153 / COMP 153
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From the swashbuckling samurai films of Kurosawa and delicate family dramas of Ozu to edgy cinematic experiments and a breathtaking range of animation, Japan has one of the most varied and exciting film traditions in the world. This course will introduce you to major periods, genres, and directors in that tradition. We will read film criticism that represents a range of approaches, but focus particularly on learning and practicing the kind of close visual analysis that will allow you to build your own original descriptions of how a given scene “works.” Throughout the course we will consider the relationship between classic cinema and popular genres like sword flicks, melodramas, psychological thrillers, and anime, focusing particularly on directors whose work seems to borrow equally from genre film and the artistic avant-garde. All texts are translated or subtitled. All levels welcome.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 20
Class#: 1404
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, participation, some responses, two papers (5-7 pages), test
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students majoring in a related field
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JAPN 153 Division I COMP 153 Division I

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