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FILM 241

Topics in Film Cultures and Traditions

(may be cross-listed with ENG 255 or M L 164) This course offers intensive examination of specific issues in film cultures and traditions, often those at the center of current critical interest. Topics for this course are conceived broadly to encompass studies of national cinemas, specific directors, filmmaking practices, and specific genres. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Spring Semester information

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay

241A: Tps:Global Science Fiction Cinema

Tps:Global Science Fiction Cinema

In this course we will study the neglected traditions of science fiction cinema outside the US production system. Science-fiction cinema is often considered among the most technically and visually innovative genres of film. It has historically been the laboratory for new technologies of sound, special effects, and set design, as well as narratives about the relationship between social life and technological transformation. Although the US has been the primary and most influential producer of science fiction films, major works have been produced in other countries. As globalization extends to more and more societies, science fiction film has become one of its major artforms. In this course we will study films from Russia and Eastern Europe, Great Britain, France, India, Japan, China, and Latin America. We will focus on the science fiction film tradition and the social-historical contexts in which they emerged.


Inge Aures

241B: Tps:The Holocaust & Exile Experience in Film

The Holocaust and Exile Experience in Film

Films and images can have a powerful impact and shape the viewers' perspective of past (and current) events. This also holds true for films about the Holocaust--be they based on real or fictional events. In this course we will analyze a wide variety of films that center on life under the Nazis, the horrors of the concentration camps, resistance to the Nazis, the life of exiles who fled Nazi Germany, and how Germany and the Germans dealt with the legacy of the Holocaust. What do these films want to accomplish? What filmic devices do the film makers employ? What is the films' relation to reality? Can we rely on these images as a "truthful" depiction of the past? Are these "accurate" portrayals of life at that time, or do these films create a new reality? How do these films appeal to our emotions? What role does "art" play in these films? Does a film maker who produces a film about the Holocaust have a different responsibility than a film maker who chooses a different topic? Can the films help us to better understand this dark period in history or do they trivialize the experience of the victims?

Please Note: This course will satisfy the "S"-requirement. It is cross-listed with Modern Languages and will count towards a minor in World Literature, European Studies and Jewish Studies.


Ronald Dye

241C: Tps:Theatre, Culture and Society: Shakespeare On Film

Theatre, Culture and Society: Shakespeare On Film

Students will examine, analyze and discuss film and modern stage adaptations of several plays by William Shakespeare, along with the original play texts. The films and plays will be considered in their historical cultural contexts, and will include adaptations which are fairly "literal" or straightforward, as well as "free adaptations" which diverge widely from or only reference the original texts. Students will write critical response papers and will complete a final research paper to fulfill the "W" component of the course.


Marina Guseva

241D: Tps:Russia Through Film