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Introduction to Film Studies FILM 1020E (002) Western University Department of Film Studies 2013/2014 Course Aims: Film 1020E is designed as a broad introduction to an interrelated set of approaches in film studies, all of them defined by their treatment of cinema as an art form. The course begins with an extended examination of the elements of film form and style, providing students the tools to analyze films. It then shifts focus and investigates different types of films from live action to animated, fictional to documentary, classical to postmodern, narrative to experimental as well as the various critical approaches that have shaped the ideas and methods of film scholars. By the end of this course, successful students will have gained not only an appreciation of cinema in all its dimensions, but also a capacity to recognize and communicate with clarity and concision the meanings and affects of this commercial and personal art form. Required Texts David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Inc., 2012. ( BT )
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