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Unformatted text preview: Cavallero COMM 150.003 Fall 2007 Page 1 COMM150.003: ART OF CINEMA Fall 2002 (August 2007 December 2007) Instructor: Jon Cavallero Office: 303A James Bldg Office Hours: W 1:00 5:00 (or by appt.) Email: [email protected] (preferred method of contact) Phone: 814-863-8909 Class Times: M 6:00-9:00 101 Thomas W 6:00-7:15 101 Thomas COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the role popular films play in shaping and reflecting American cultural identity. It will acquaint you with works you probably have not seen and provide you with fresh insights into films you have seen through critical/historical analysis. We will explore films as market products, technical constructs, and cultural artifacts. Throughout the course, we will stress how popular films relate to the cultural, economical, and historical contexts that surround their production and reception. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: - Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of groups in a global society in relationship to communications. - Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information. - Think critically, creatively, and independently. - Develop effective listening, note-taking, and writing skills. - Develop an understanding of media history and the theoretical models used to approach various media. READING: Required Text: John Belton, American Cinema/American Culture (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994) ASSIGNMENTS & GRADING: 1. Exam #1 (30% of your final grade) September 26, 2007 This exam is given during the final examination period, and consists of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions focused on the readings, lectures, and screenings from the entire course. Exam #2 (30% of your final grade) October 31, 2007 This exam is given during the final examination period, and consists of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions focused on the readings, lectures, and screenings from the entire course. 2. Cavallero COMM 150.003 Fall 2007 Page 2 3. Exam #3 (40% of your final grade) TBA This exam is given during the final examination period, and consists of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions focused on the readings, lectures, and screenings from the entire course. It is a cumulative exam! COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be three exams. The format for the exams will be objective (multiple choice, true/false, matching). The exam questions will cover all materials covered in class lectures, screenings, and readings. Attendance, therefore, is very important because the films will be covered in detail. Exam #1 is worth 30%; Exam #2 is worth 30%, and the Final Exam (which will be cumulative) is worth 40%. There will be review sessions and study guides before each exam (sometimes the review will take place during regular class times, sometimes it will be outside of class time and therefore optional), but these cannot substitute for attendance at the lectures/screenings. Note also that all scheduled screenings are subject to change. MAKEUP EXAMS: Makeup exams will be given ONLY in cases of EXTREME necessity. Since exams are given during regularly scheduled class times, you should not miss an exam. If you are not able to make an exam, you should make alternate arrangements with me. Even if your absence from an exam is excused, taking the exam later than scheduled will result in a 10% reduction of your exam grade. NOTE TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office of Disability Services, ODS located in room 116 Boucke at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit their web site at Instructors should be notified as early in the semester as possible regarding the need for reasonable academic adjustments. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly and creative activity in an open, honest and responsible manner, free from fraud and deception, and is an educational objective of the College of Communications and the university. Cheating, including plagiarism, falsification of research data, using the same assignment for more than one class, turning in someone else's work, or passively allowing others to copy your work, will result in academic penalties at the discretion of the instructor, and may result in the grade of `XF' (failed for academic dishonesty) being put on your permanent transcript. In serious cases it could also result in suspension or dismissal from the university. As students studying communication, you should understand and avoid plagiarism (presenting the work of others as your own). A discussion of plagiarism, with examples, can be found at: The rules and policies regarding academic integrity should be reviewed by every student, and can be found online at:, and in the College of Communications document, "Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures." Any student with a question about academic integrity or plagiarism is strongly encouraged to discuss it with his or her instructor. Cavallero COMM 150.003 Fall 2007 Page 3 CLASSROOM COMPORTMENT: This will be an intense educational experience, and it is necessary that we all contribute to its success. Not only should you be in class, but you should arrive on time. Cell phones/pagers, private conversations, disruptive snacking, sleeping in class, reading of material related to other classes, and intolerant or abusive reactions to your classmates are all behavior that are considered disruptive and inappropriate for a college learning environment. Failure to abide by these basic rules of classroom civility may result in your dismissal from class and a report to the GROUPS office. TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: I believe that teaching is a two-way street. The responsibility for learning rests jointly with students and professors. I will be prepared for class, and I expect you to be prepared as well. If you need help outside of class, I am more than happy to provide it, but you need to seek me out. I want you to succeed, and nothing would make me happier than to give out all A's. But you must earn them. I believe I am a FAIR instructor, but I am not an easy instructor. I believe you are in college not to take "easy classes" but to challenge yourself, and I will seek to challenge you. I want your best work and will settle for nothing short of that. Your goal in here should not be to receive an "A" but to develop and enhance your critical reading and writing skills and consequently better prepare yourself for your career and your life. I believe that critical thinking and reading skills are among the most important abilities you will develop in college. They apply not just to this class but to most classes you will take at IU. Further, it is a pervasive skill that plays a part in such tasks as note taking and time management. Please take its value seriously. I believe plagiarism is the highest of academic crimes. Please do not plagiarize, as the consequences far outstrip what might be perceived as the benefits. Should I find that you have plagiarized, I will pursue the greatest possible penalty for the offense. Plagiarism is not fair to the individual(s) you are plagiarizing, to your fellow students, to me, to Indiana University generally, to all IU alums, and most importantly to yourself, who suffers the most of any of these. Doing a nice job in the course will take less time and energy than trying to get out of doing the work in the course. Finally, I believe in the honest and open discussion of ideas and issues. One of the great benefits of a university setting is that it allows for the debate of controversial topics about which students are passionate. This is a rare environment, indeed, and it is one that I hope you will each take full advantage of while you are here. However, you can be passionate and still maintain a level of diplomacy and respect for your fellow students. These skills are just as, if not more, important than the free exchange of ideas. Please do not hesitate to express your viewpoints, but remember to do so in a considerate manner. COMPUTING YOUR GRADE FOR THE COURSE: All grades will be posted and available to students. They can be calculated simply by visiting the gradebook section of the course's Angel website. Cavallero COMM 150.003 Fall 2007 Page 4 GRADING SCALE: Your final grade will be based on the following scale: 92.5 100% 89.5 92.49% 87.5 89.49% 82.5 87.49% 79.5 82.49% A AB+ B B77.5 79.49% C+ 70 77.49% C 60 69.99% D 59% and Below EXPLANATION OF GRADING: A = Work that is exemplary and serves as a model of excellence B = Work that is meritorious, exceeds requirements, and shows depth and originality C = Work that is satisfactory and meets basic requirements, shows ability to work at college level D = Work that is marginal, lacks acceptable competence or does not meet all requirements F = Work that significantly falls short of requirements THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE!!!!! READING ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE THE DAY THEY APPEAR ON THE SYLLABUS Week One (8/27 8/29) The Cultural Significance of the Movies Mon: Lecture: Introduction to the Course Screening: Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) Thurs: Lecture: Reading: The Cultural Significance of the Movies Belton, Introduction, Chapters 1-2 Week Two (9/3 9/5) Classical Hollywood Style Mon: NO CLASS!!! LABOR DAY!!! Wed: Lecture: Readings Classical Hollywood Style Belton, Chapter 3 Bordwell, Thompson, and Staiger, The Classical Hollywood Cinema Week Three (9/10 9/12) The Formation of the Hollywood Film Industry Mon: Screening: Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) Wed: Lecture: Readings: The Formation of the Filmed Entertainment Industry Belton, Chapter 4 Robert Ray, A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema Cavallero COMM 150.003 Fall 2007 Page 5 Week Four (9/17 9/19) Artifice and Authenticity in the Cinema Mon: Screenings: The Public Enemy (William Wellman, 1931) Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and former Penn State student Gene Kelly, 1952) Wed: Lecture: Readings: The Real and the Phony: Singin' in the Rain Belton, Chapter 5 Week Five (9/24 9/26) Review and Examination Mon: Screening: Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (Todd McCarthy and Stuart Samuels, 1992) Discussion: Review Session Wed: Screening: Exam #1 (Bring #2 Pencil) Week Six (10/1 10/3) American Comedy Mon: Screening: It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934) Wed: Lecture: Readings: American Comedy Belton, Chapter 7 Schatz, Hollywood Genres Week Seven (10/8 10/10) The War Film Mon: Screening: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942 and co-written by PSU graduate Julius J. Epstein) Wed: Lecture: The War Film Belton, Chapter 8 Altman, Film/Genre Week Eight (10/15 10/17) Film Noir Mon: Screening: Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) Wed: Lecture: Reading: Film Noir: Made in the USA Belton, Chapter 9 Naremore, More than Night Cavallero COMM 150.003 Fall 2007 Page 6 Week Nine (10/22 10/24) The Western Mon: Screening: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962) Wed: Lecture: Readings: The Western Belton, Chapter 10 Slotkin, Gunfighter Nation Week Ten (10/29 10/31) Review and Examination Mon: EXAM #2 (Bring #2 Pencil)!!!! Wed: NO CLASS!!! INSTRUCTOR OUT OF TOWN! Week Eleven (11/5 11/7) Hollywood and the Cold War Mon: Screening: On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954) Wed: Lecture: Readings: Hollywood and the Cold War Belton, Chapter 11 Henriksen, Dr. Strangelove's America Week Twelve (11/12 11/14) Hollywood and Television Mon: Screenings: Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976) Wed: Lecture: Readings: Hollywood in the Age of Television Belton, Chapter 12 Newcomb and Hirsch, Television as a Cultural Forum Week 13 (11/19 11/21) America's New Wave Mon: Screenings: The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967) Wed: Lecture: Readings: Dr. Spock and the Culture of Permissiveness Belton, Chapter 13 Kramer, "Post-Classical Hollywood" Week 14 (11/26 11/ 28) THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY NO CLASSES Week 15 (12/3 12/5) The Film School Generation Mon: Screenings: E.T. (Steven Spielberg, 1982) Wed: Lecture: Readings: The Film School Generation Belton, Chapter 14 Schatz, "The New Hollywood" Cavallero COMM 150.003 Fall 2007 Page 7 Week 16 (12/10 12/12) Race, Ethnicity, and the Cinema Mon: Screenings: Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) Wed: Lecture: Readings: Contradictions: From the Gipper to Blue Velvet Belton, Chapter 15 Dyer, White FINAL EXAM (Bring #2 Pencil) DURING FINALS WEEK SPECIFIC TIME AND ROOM TO BE ANNOUNCED ...
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