Spring 2010 Courses

029. Historians, Comediennes, Storytellers: Women Filmmakers in the German-Speaking Countries
Birgit Tautz T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
Examines the work of women filmmakers in the German-speaking countries since the 1960s. By analyzing a range of films and cinematic genres—to include narrative cinema, biography, documentary, and comedy—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. Also introduces students to film criticism; includes weekly film screenings. No knowledge of German required.
202. History of Film II, 1935 to 1975
Patricia Welsch T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
Sills-Smith Auditorium
A consideration of the diverse production contexts and political circumstances infl uencing cinema history in the sound era. National fi lm movements to be studied include Neorealism, the French New Wave, and the New German Cinema, as well as the coming of age of Asian and Australian fi lm. Also explores the shift away from studio production in the United States, the major regulatory systems, and the changes in popular fi lm genres. Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required.
252. British Film
Patricia Welsch T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
Surveys the fi rst hundred years of British cinema from the silent period to contemporary fi lms. Topics covered: invention of cinema and patterns of movie-going in the United Kingdom; work of important directors and producers (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Alexander Korda); changes brought by World War II; the Angry Young Men of the ’50s and ’60s; and recent developments (“heritage” fi lms, postcolonial perspectives, Scottish fi lm). Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required.
254. Transnational Chinese Cinema
Shu-chin Tsui T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
HL-311 (third floor)
Introduces students to films produced in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Places national cinema in a transnational framework and explores how cinema as a sign system constructs sociocultural and aesthetic meanings. Students will benefit most by bringing both an open mind toward non-Western cultural texts, and a critical eye for visual art. Part of the Other Modernities course cluster.