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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.

Requirements/Grading:
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:414 Limit:420
23343 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23344 P02 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23346 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23376 P03A 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23347 P04 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23348 P04A 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23349 P05 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23350 P06 9:00 am - 9:50 am W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23351 P06A 9:00 am - 9:50 am W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23405 P07 10:00 am - 10:50 am W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23353 P08 11:00 am - 11:50 am W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23354 P08A 11:00 am - 11:50 am W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23355 P09 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23356 P09A 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23357 P10 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23358 P10A 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23359 P11 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23360 P11A 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23361 P12 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23362 P13 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23363 P13A 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23364 P14 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23365 P14A 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23366 P15 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23368 P16 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
23412 P17 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:13
21054 P99 TBA        Enrolled:414 Limit: