Course Description | Grade Distribution | Required Texts | Course Policies
|Office Hours:||Mon 1-2 & Wed 1-2|
|Class Hours:||Mon & Wed 2:30-4 (Rebstock 215)|
|Screenings:||Tue 7-9 (Brown 100)|
This course surveys the history of the cinema as it developed in nations other than the United States. Beginning with the initially dominant film producing nations of Western Europe, which soon found themselves threatened by the economic power of the Hollywood film industry, this course will consider the development of various national cinemas in Europe, Asia, and third world countries. The course will seek to develop an understanding of each individual film both as an expression of a national culture as well as a possible response to international movements in other art forms. Throughout, the course will considerhow various national cinemas sought ways of dealing with the pervasiveness of Hollywood films, developing their own distinctive styles, which could in turn influence American cinema itself.
Xerox packet available from Hi-Tech Copy Center, 375 N. Big Bend Blvd. (Includes all readings marked with an "*" in the Course Schedule.):
Late work will not be accepted, except in the case of serious illness,
medical emergency, or some other compelling mitigating circumstance. Other
coursework, job requirements, or other class projects are not considered
mitigating circumstances. The major assignments will be given to you well
enough in advance for you plan your schedules accordingly. All major assignments
must be completed in order to pass this course. "Incomplete"
grades and extensions are not available without documented evidence of
extraordinary hardships (e.g., medical problems). Having a heavy workload
is not an extraordinary hardship.
You should regard the film screenings as required texts. Films must be
viewed on film. Because of differences between film and video in terms
of aspect ratio, resolution, contrast ratios, and image composition (grain
structure vs. pixels), video is not an acceptable substitute for the primary
viewing experience on the big screen. You must write a brief screening
report after the screening to receive credit for attendance. All screenings
will take place on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM.
Any work that is plagiarized (borrowing someone else's ideas or information
without proper citation) will be graded an "F." Further disciplinary
action may also be taken.
Readings must be completed prior to class. The amount of reading is heavier some weeks than others, so don't put it off to the last minute.