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RTVF 188-01: Alternative Cinema, Summer 2010 Page 1 of 6 RTVF 188-01: Alternative Cinema (30485) International Film Summer (I) 2010, San José State University Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., HGH 118 Instructor: Drew Todd, Ph.D. Email: [email protected] (the best way to reach me outside of class) Office: Hugh Gillis Hall 212 Office phone: (408) 924-4575 Office hours: After class both days, and by appointment Faculty website: www.sjsu.edu/people/drew.todd Course Prerequisites : Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of or concurrent enrollment in a 100W course is required. REQUIRED TEXTS 1. Course Reader — sold in-class on the first day 2. All in-class film screenings ( Screening note : It is absolutely necessary that students remain silent throughout all screenings, if only out of respect for your fellow students.) COURSE OVERVIEW & OBJECTIVES The purpose of this course is to survey the breadth of international cinema made around the world. Our focus will be on narrative movies produced not only outside of the United States, but also throughout film history. We will concentrate on earlier generations of filmmaking in order to locate traditions and influences, but we will also cover more recent filmmaking practices. On the whole, this class is structured chronologically so as to impose upon the curriculum an historical perspective. History will be only one avenue of understanding cinematic traditions in this class, however. In addition, we will consider these films in light of theoretical, aesthetic, industrial, economic, and social-cultural matters, touching upon a range of important movements — cinematic, artistic, political, and historical — that will help us contextualize the subject of study. While this sort of survey is imperative to any thorough study of film, it is also inherently impossible as a thorough study. Many countries, film movements, and important directors are necessarily left out of this course. You will have opportunities, however, to fill in some of these gaps in the course of your own research and writing. Content Note: This class will show a few movies that depict the following: violence, sexuality, and content that some might deem offensive; if this kind of material — even if infrequent and in small doses — upsets you, please make a point of speaking with me.
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RTVF 188-01: Alternative Cinema, Summer 2010 Page 2 of 6 GE AREA V — STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES (SLOs) By the end of the semester, you should be able to: 1. Ascertain and analyze the ways that culture and nation impact how films are made around the world.
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