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Syllabus _ The Film Experience _ Literature _ MIT OpenCourseWare

Syllabus _ The Film Experience _ Literature _ MIT OpenCourseWare

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2/2/2014 Syllabus | The Film Experience | Literature | MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-011-the-film-experience-fall-2012/syllabus/ 1/3 Subscribe to the OCW Newsletter Enter Email Help | Contact Us Search Advanced Search Home » Courses » Literature » The Film Experience » Syllabus Syllabus COURSE HOME SYLLABUS LECTURE VIDEOS AND NOTES ASSIGNMENTS RELATED RESOURCES DOWNLOAD COURSE MATERIALS Course Meeting Times Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session Recitations: 1 session / week, 1 hour / session A screening of each week's required film(s) follows the 2 nd lecture of the week. Primary Goals This course is an introductory survey of classic films. Emphasis falls equally on cultural and on artistic matters: on films as anthropological and historical artifacts that articulate the values and assumptions of specific societies and eras and on films as works of art. The course aims to sharpen students' analytic skills, to give them a sense of the history and cultural significance of movies, and to improve their writing. Textbook and Readings The primary text is Cook, David A. A History of Narrative Film . 4th ed. W. W. Norton & Company, 2004. ISBN: 9780393978681. Supplementary readings will also be assigned. Films and Videos Film clips will be shown during lectures, and the complete version of each week's film will be screened following the week's second lecture. Prior to some lectures, students are assigned to watch videos of Prof. Thorburn's lectures from the 2007 version of the class. This frees up lecture time for further discussion and more in­depth analysis.
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