Introduction to Film Studies
Course: FMS 1
Prof. Jaimey Fisher,
TR 1210-100 EVRSN 176/ Scrng M 710-1000 Wellman2 Email: email@example.com
TR1130-1200, T 110-210
Office: Sproul 409
The course aims to introduce students to various aspects of film studies, including film
analysis, film history, as well as film (especially genre and auteur) theory.
focus of the course, however, is on film analysis, particularly on the technical and
narrative analysis of feature films that will entail a close viewing of the films.
aims above all at fostering critical viewing, viewing that requires keen analytic skills as
well as a good visual memory.
Along these lines, each film will be screened once, but
you are also encouraged to see the film again on your own.
The course introduces
students to the technical aspects of film, including narrative technique, cinematography,
editing, mise-en-scene, and sound; it also offers a survey to film history as well as
important international movements, including early cinema, Soviet Montage, German
Weimar Cinema, Italian Neorealism (incl. its influence on South-Asian art cinema), the
U.S. film noir, and “New Asian” cinema.
We shall be examining, among other topics,
the social, cultural, and political contexts of film as a medium as well as of particular
The main objective for the course is for students to be able to view films critically,
to develop a systematic and convincing interpretation of the film out of this critical
viewing, and to articulate this analysis in a well-constructed and persuasive essay.
Most of the readings are in the Bordwell and Thompson text,
Film Art: An Introduction
[Ninth Edition] (abbreviated B-T hereafter); earlier editions are fine (just read
Some are on electronic reserves; I shall send email instructions on obtaining these.
§ Filmography (In Order of Appearance)