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ENGL245 - Film Form and Culture

Introduction to film as art form and how films create meaning. Basic film terminology; fundamental principles of film form, film narrative, and film history. Examination of film technique and style over past one hundred years. Social and economic functions of film within broader institutional, economic, and cultural contexts.

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of film analysis. You will learn about the construction of film narrative, as well as about formal elements of film, including principles of editing, mise-en-scene, cinematography, and sound. The course also provides an introduction to issues in film studies that include the meaning of film genre, the role of the film star, and the question of authorship in the cinema. The course will focus on narrative feature films from the Classical Hollywood cinema, but it will also pay attention to nonfiction practices as well as alternatives to Hollywood.

Cross-listed with: CINE245. Credit only granted for: ENGL245, CINE245 or FILM245. Formerly: FILM245.

Section(s):

WB21 - Oliver Gaycken

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