ENG 255 Literature and Film
This course examines the relationship between novels and plays and their film-adaptations, concentrating on the different ways in which we read and interpret these narrative forms. The course will attend closely to the variety of decisions that inform the translation of literary works into a different medium with different conventions for a different audience.
Meets general academic requirement HU.
ENG 321, 322 Shakespeare Reproduced
This course primarily focuses on the reproduction of Shakespeare's plays on film and, to a lesser extent, the appropriation of Shakespeare's plays by modern playwrights. Plays and films on which we will focus in the next several years include Heiner Muller's "Hamletmachine", Julie Taynor's "Titus", Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet", and Kristian Levring's "The King is Alive".
Prerequisite(s): THR 100 Theatre & Society: An Historical Introduction or any 200 level ENG course or permission of instructor.
Meets general academic requirement W when offered as 322.
FLM 250 Contemporary World Cinema
This course offers a selective survey of some of the most cutting-edge films produced around the world in the last 10-20 years, including those that offer sustained insight into specific national cultures, and those that are more global in orientation, and address the worldwide mixing and mingling of people and cultures. Films explored in this course will likely include Bad Education (Spain), Amores Perros (Mexico), Code Unknown (Austria/France), Chunkging Express (Hong Kong/China), The World (China), A Separation (Iran), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey), The Best of Youth (Italy), Waltz with Bashir (Israel), The Class (France), and District 9 (South Africa), among others. Special attention will be paid throughout to contemporary developments in film style, evolving cultures of film taste and reception, and film art as cultural expression. Open to all students at all levels.
Attendance at weekly film screenings is required
Meets general academic requirement DE and HU.
FLM 349 Film Reviewing
This writing-intensive course focuses on the art of reviewing films for both popular and scholarly outlets. Students will write reviews of classic and contemporary films in a variety of lengths and formats, for different intended audiences. The course will also include extensive practice in editing and re-writing, and include weekend trips to local cinemas to review films on short deadlines. Students will create an online archive of all finished work, and learn about ways to develop and market their own critical voice.
Attendance at weekly screenings is required.
Meets general academic requirement W.
FLM 360 Major Filmmakers
This course focuses on one or two major filmmakers and considers repeated and/or developing themes in his or her body of work. While the filmmakers under consideration vary, the course deals with similar questions each time: the validity of the auteur theory as a way of understanding film, the relationships between filmmakers and their art, and the nature of our ideas about art and artistic production. Attendance at weekly screenings is required.