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Title: ENGL 202-01-02, Introduction to Cinema, Fall 2009
Authors: Richards, Rashna
Keywords: English;Syllabus;Curriculum;2009 Fall
Issue Date: 26-Aug-2009
Publisher: Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN;10209
Abstract: While the cinematograph was a product of scientific innovation--Louis Lumière, one of its creators, declared it an invention without a future--film quickly became the most popular and influential cultural medium of the twentieth century. Only a decade after its invention, cinema had spread to all parts of the globe, and the motion pictures became a way of telling our stories to ourselves while simultaneously transporting us away from our lives to what Maxim Gorky called "the Kingdom of Shadows." Since then, films have intrigued and frustrated, perplexed and inspired billions of viewers worldwide. The issues that preoccupied the earliest film critics continue to puzzle later generations: What is cinema? Is it an art? Is it a language? What do movies reveal about the underlying ideologies of the cultures that produce them? How do they address, exploit, and satisfy various audience desires? This course offers an introduction to film analysis. We will learn and practice close reading of films through an examination of various cinematic elements, such as mise en scène, editing, sound, lighting, framing, and so on. Using different interpretive approaches, we will also consider questions of ideology, aesthetics, and power as well as issues of race, gender, sexuality, and representation.
Description: This syllabus was submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10267/4836
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