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Fall 2017-2018
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American Cinema

Diana J. Fuss

This film genre course addresses the cultural heritage of our national cinema. How has cinema shaped American culture, and how has American culture shaped cinema? We will focus on iconic figures in American film: robbers, tycoons, immigrants, cowboys, gangsters, detectives, lovers, monsters, cyborgs, survivors. Each week will pair an early film with a later one to trace a given genre's evolution; for example, the week on westerns might pair John Ford's "The Searchers" (1956) with Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). The course studies commercial Hollywood films that serve as important barometers of their times.

Sample reading list:
Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
Michael Curtiz, Casablanca
Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo
Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather
Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction
James Cameron, Titanic
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to the films, students will read Ed Sikov's book "Film Studies: An Introduction" as a guide.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
Department Distribution: Theory and Criticism/Modernity

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21053 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th        Enrolled:154 Limit:437
21054 P99 TBA        Enrolled:154 Limit: