syllabus - CTCS 190 INTRODUCTION TO FILM Fall 2009 Tuesdays...

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CTCS 190: INTRODUCTION TO FILM Fall 2009 Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Norris Theater Instructor: Dr. Drew Casper The Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Professor of American Film Teaching Assistants: Chera Kee, Lead TA ([email protected]), Leah Aldridge, James Crawford, Kristen Fuhs, Stephanie Hoover, Eric Hoyt, David Lerner, Courtney White, Kelly Wolf, and Genevieve Yue CTCS 190 TA Office: IMS Building, 2nd Floor, 213-740-3338 or 213- 740-3092. Please refer to your Teaching Assistant's syllabus for office hours. Statement of Objectives:
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I. To explore the nature of cinema as a technology, business, cultural product, entertainment medium, and most especially, as an industrial art form. II. To appreciate a wide variety of film genres, stylistics and nationalities. III. To study the styles of outstanding film artists and artisans. IV. To understand film's relationship with other art forms and media, as well as its relation to society. V. To provide a critical methodology (through lectures, visual analyses, screenings, and readings) and the practical application of that methodology (through written assignments and discussion groups) that will lead to an ability to analyze and evaluate film texts.
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Course Requirements: I. Attendance : Prompt and regular attendance for the full class period is of extreme importance. Missing the screening of any film will seriously limit your success in the course. NOT ALL OF THE FILMS SCREENED IN CLASS ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE OR DVD. It is your responsibility to make up any missed screenings and to obtain detailed notes from another student. II. Required Readings : Copies of each of these books will be on reserve on the ground level of Leavey Library. All books are available at the bookstore. A. Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction (Eighth Edition). New York: McGraw Hill, 2003. B. Casper, Drew with Richard L. Edwards. Introduction to Film: A Companion Reader (Fourth Edition). McGraw Hill/Primis Publishing, 2004. C. Bolt, Robert. A Man for All Seasons. New York: Vintage, 1990. D. Film notes provided on a weekly basis at the lectures. Extra copies are available in the Cinema 190 TA office. Please Note: YOU ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE PREPARED YOUR READING ASSIGNMENTS IN TIME FOR THE WEEK'S DISCUSSION SECTION. SEE THE SYLLABUS FOR SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENTS. III. Examinations : Midterm and final examinations will be administered during the lecture sessions. The exams will deal with information from lectures, reading assignments, handouts, and screenings. Bring your questions about course
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material to discussion section or see your TA during office hours. Consult the syllabus for exam dates and times. Exams determine 50% of your final grade. FAILURE TO ATTEND ONE OR BOTH OF THE EXAMS WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC F GRADE FOR THE COURSE. IV. Papers : You are required to write two papers, totaling 12-15 pages together. Topics and due dates will be given out by your Teaching Assistant.
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