Fall 2010 Courses

029. Historians, Comediennes, Storytellers: Women Filmmakers in the German-Speaking Countries
Birgit Tautz T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
Examines the work of women filmmakers in the German-speaking countries since the 1960s. Explores key interests of these directors: the telling of stories and (German, European, global) histories, the exploration of gender identity, sexuality, and various waves of feminism, the portrayal of women, the participation in the cinematic conventions of Hollywood as well as independent and avant-garde film, spectatorship. Analyzes a range of films and cinematic genres—to include narrative cinema, biography, documentary, and comedy. Also introduces students to film criticism; includes weekly film screenings. No knowledge of German required.
101. Film Narrative
Sarah Childress T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
An introduction to a variety of methods used to study motion pictures, with consideration given to films from different countries and time periods. Examines techniques and strategies used to construct films, including mise-en-scène, editing, sound, and the orchestration of film techniques in larger formal systems. Surveys some of the contextual factors shaping individual films and our experiences of them (including mode of production, genre, authorship, and ideology). No previous experience with film studies is required. Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required.
218. Film as a Subversive Art: Avant-Garde Cinema
Sarah Childress T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
In the arts, scholars use the term “avant-garde” to describe works that break new ground or express a different way of seeing the world and living in it. Avant-garde cinema provokes us to examine how films make meaning and challenges us to examine our understanding of the world. Explores avant-garde cinema from the 1920s through the 1970s, with an emphasis on the work of U.S. filmmakers. Examines the aesthetic, social, and cultural challenges presented by avant-garde filmmakers and how they use formal techniques to comment upon significant social and aesthetic experiences. Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required.