Grades and Assignments:
4 short papers, 15 points each
1 in-class reading-related question, 10 points: You must engage the class with one
question related to the reading material AND the film of the week, attempting to bridge
as many common points between the two as possible, and directing the attention of the
class to the film’s complexities, subtleties, historical associations, thematic and textual
references, as well as to analysis of the film’s plot structure, narrative techniques, and star
texts. This question should trigger significant critical discussion in the class.
1 final research paper, open topic, 25 points
Read: “Film Language,” Leo
Theory and Criticism
ed. (New York: Oxford University press, 2004), 1-6; Bazin,
Andre, “The Evolution of the Language of Cinema,” Braudy and Cohen, 41-53.
Special Note: Always an analgesic, “Philip’s Fil-ums,”
Consult for some fun reading on many of our films.
Paper 1: Vision of Social Cohesion, 70s to 90s. Due February 6. Basing