Film Studies

Robin Blaetz, Chair

Bridget Barrett, Academic Department Coordinator


201 Art Building
413-538-3097
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/film

Overview and Contact Information

Film studies at Mount Holyoke introduces students to the academic study of film and media from a variety of critical and disciplinary perspectives. Courses combine cultural, historical, formal, and theoretical analyses of films from a range of world cinematic traditions. In addition, some possibilities for the study of film/video production are available to students at the College and at the other Five College institutions.

Faculty

This area of study is administered by the Film Studies Steering Committee:

Robin Blaetz, Professor of Film Studies

Ajay Sinha, Professor of Art History

Paul Staiti, Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation, Teaching Fall Only

Elizabeth Young, Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English

Amy Rodgers, Associate Professor of English; Dean for the Senior Class

Hannah Goodwin, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Bernadine Mellis, Five College Senior Lecturer in Film and Video Production

Requirements for the Five College Film Studies Major

A minimum of 40 credits:

One introduction to film studies course, such as FLMST-201 or FLMST-202 14
One film history course, such as FLMST-212 or FLMST-213 24
One film theory course, such as FLMST-215CC, FLMST-215 34
One film, video, or digital production and/or screenwriting course, such as FLMST-210, FLMST-210VP, or FLMST-3104
Three courses in a focus designed by the student in consultation with the advisor 412
At least one course in the focus must be at the advanced level (e.g. 300-level or the equivalent)
Three additional electives12
In the course of fulfilling the requirements above, the student must complete:
No more than three production courses
A total of at least four courses at the advanced level (e.g. 300-level courses or equivalent)
Nine of the 10 courses required for the major must be core courses. Only 1 can be a component course. 5
Total Credits40

Other Requirements

  • These requirements are mandatory for the class of 2020 and after. The class of 2019 must follow either these requirements or a previous set of major requirements. Previous requirements are detailed on the Film Studies website.
  • The major should include courses in film history, theory, genre or authorship, production, national or transnational cinema, and documentary or experimental film.
  • It is recommended that Introduction to Film Studies, Film History, and Film Theory be taken in sequence.
  • It is recommend that normally no fewer than two, and normally no more than five, courses will be taken on another campus.

Additional Specifications

  • This is a Five College Major, so students may count film studies courses offered at any of the colleges or the University of Massachusetts, as long as approved by the Five College Film Studies Major Steering Committee. The list of approved courses, by requirement they complete, and including component courses is published each semester on the Five College website.
  • FLMST-395 must be approved by the Film Studies Steering Committee, through the Program’s Chair, in order to satisfy one of the major requirements.
  • A thesis is optional.

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 16 credits:

Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Film
Talking Pictures: An Introduction to Film
Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Cinema
Three courses (12 credits) at the 200 or 300 level 112
Total Credits16

Course Offerings

FLMST-201 Introduction to Film

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This course teaches the basic concepts, vocabulary, and critical skills involved in interpreting film. Through readings and lectures, students will become more informed and sophisticated observers of the cinema, key examples of which will be screened weekly. While the focus will be on the form and style of narrative film, documentary and avant-garde practices will be introduced. The class will also touch upon some of the major theoretical approaches in the field.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
R. Blaetz, A. Rodgers

FLMST-202 Talking Pictures: An Introduction to Film

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Some of the best feature-length films of the past century have commanded our attention and imagination because of their compelling artistry and the imaginative ways they tell stories visually and verbally. This course closely studies narrative films from around the world, from the silent era to the present, and in the process it introduces students to the basic elements of film form, style, and narration. Some of the films to be considered are: Broken Blossoms, Battleship Potemkin, Citizen Kane, Contempt, The Bicycle Thief, Ugetsu, Rear Window, Woman in the Dunes, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Days of Heaven, and Moulin Rouge.

Crosslisted as: ARTH-202
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
P. Staiti

FLMST-203 Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Cinema

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course offers a broad introduction to the history, politics and aesthetics of Latin American and Spanish cinema. The course also introduces students to the basic terminology and methodologies of film studies.

Crosslisted as: SPAN-240CN
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Crumbaugh
Prereq: SPAN-212.
Notes: Taught in Spanish

FLMST-210 Production Seminar in the Moving Image

FLMST-210VP Production Seminar in the Moving Image: 'Introduction to Video Production'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course provides a foundation in the principles, techniques, and equipment involved in video production. Students will make several short videos over the course of the term as well as one final piece. We will develop our own voices while learning the vocabulary of moving images and gaining production and post-production skills. In addition to technical training, classes will include critiques, screenings, readings, and discussion.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
B. Mellis
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: FLMST-201.
Advisory: Application and permission of instructor required. Application found here: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/film/course-application
Notes: A lab fee may be charged

FLMST-212 History of World Cinema Through 1960

Spring. Credits: 4

This course offers an historical survey of the cinema as a developing art form and a means of communication. We will examine the history of this international medium from its 19th-century beginnings through the mid-20th century. The national and thematic focus of the course shifts through the semester. For example, we will focus on U.S. film in studying the earliest developments in film technology and narrative, and on Soviet and French films to study the formal and social experimentation of the 1920s. The course provides a background for understanding film history and pursuing further studies in the field.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
R. Blaetz
Prereq: FLMST-201, FLMST-202, FLMST-203 or ARTH-202.

FLMST-213 Global Film and Media After 1960

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course examines films and topics central to the study of global cinema since 1960. Special emphasis will be placed on the transnational organization of global film culture throughout this period. In addition to viewing films made in diverse national contexts (Thailand, France, Iran, the U.K., Japan), we will also analyze films and cultural formations that complicate cinema's relation to national boundaries, including works of exilic and diasporic cinema, international co-productions, and global film festivals.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
The department
Prereq: FLMST-201, FLMST-202, or FLMST-203.

FLMST-215 Film Theory

This course offers a consideration of one or more of the methods through which the medium of film is understood aesthetically and/or culturally.

FLMST-215CC Film Theory: 'Cinema and the City'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course offers an historical survey of film theory, from the work of its earliest authors and practitioners at the birth of the 20th century (who first struggled to define the medium), to those who are working still to elucidate the place of the cinema in relation to new media in its ever-evolving and ever more complex place in culture. As a way of focusing the discussion of the various theoretical positions, we will watch and discuss films that represent that most modern of phenomena--the city.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
R. Blaetz
Prereq: FLMST-201, FLMST-202, or FLMST-203.

FLMST-220 Special Topics in Film Studies

FLMST-220AG Special Topics in Film Studies: 'American Gothic'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

An examination of the gothic--a world of fear, haunting, claustrophobia, paranoia, and monstrosity--in American literature and culture, with an emphasis upon issues of race and gender. Topics include slavery and the gothic; gothic sexuality; Southern, Northern, and national gothic; freakishness and grotesquerie; and visual gothic. Focus on fiction, with some film and photography. Authors, filmmakers, and artists may include Alcott, Arbus, Browning, Crane, Dunbar, Dunn, Elmer, Faulkner, Gilman, Hitchcock, Kubrick, McCullers, Morrison, O'Connor, Oates, Parks, Poe, Romero, Turner, and Wood.

Crosslisted as: ENGL-243
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Advisory: English 240 or 241 recommended
Notes: Component course for Film Studies

FLMST-220MD Special Topics in Film Studies: 'Introduction to Media Studies'

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This course introduces students to the critical study of media, focusing on electronic media, digital technologies, and network cultures. We will analyze the aesthetics, politics, protocols, history, and theory of media, paying attention to the ways they create and erase borders; affect how we form and articulate identities; invade privacy while providing a platform for exploration; foster hate speech and progressive movements alike; and participate in capitalist economies and the acceleration of climate change. While tracing the global flows of media creation, distribution, and consumption, we will also consider the different issues that arise in diverse national and local contexts.

Crosslisted as: CST-249MD
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
H. Goodwin

FLMST-220MU Special Topics in Film Studies: 'Music and Film'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course is for all who stay to the end of the credits, purchase soundtracks, and argue over who should have won the Oscar for Best Score, along with anyone else interested in the undervalued importance of music to the general effect of a motion picture. We will explore and discuss the myriad ways in which these two media interact. The course will focus on classic scores by Herrmann, Morricone, and Williams, as well as the uses of pre-existing music in films of Kubrick and Tarantino.

Crosslisted as: MUSIC-220
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
D. Sanford
Prereq: MUSIC-100, MUSIC-102, MUSIC-103 or MUSIC-131, or one Film Studies course.

FLMST-220NC Special Topics in Film Studies: 'Social Media: Networked Cultures'

Spring. Credits: 4

Social media connect communities, inform us about friends' lives, and give us a platform on which to share ideas and form identities. Beyond that, social media play an increasingly conspicuous role in national and transnational politics, from Arab Spring to the viral spread of fake news around the 2016 US election. While social media connect people across the globe to an unprecedented degree, this course will explore how they also reveal divisions and borders, as well as alarming transgressions of borders, that complicate any utopian visions of a "global village." Throughout, we will be attuned to how corporate and governmental interests shape and are shaped by social media communities.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
H. Goodwin

FLMST-220RA Special Topics in Film Studies: 'Reel America: History and Film'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course is an introduction to the social and cultural history of the American film industry since the 1890s. The course surveys the evolution of Hollywood cinema from the silent era through the so-called classical period and through the post-World War II breakup of the studio system.

Crosslisted as: HIST-283RA
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
D. Czitrom

FLMST-220SC Special Topics in Film Studies: 'Stage to Screen'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

A study of ten to twelve plays and their film adaptations. Plays are drawn from a range of periods and genres, and films are chosen to show the scope of adaptive approaches from filmed play to radical re-imagining. The course will include readings on the theory and history of theatre-to-film adaptations. Playwrights will likely include Oscar Wilde, Susan Glaspell, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Albee, David Mamet, and August Wilson.

Crosslisted as: ENGL-217SC
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
S. Sutherland
Prereq: 4 credits in English or Film Studies or Theatre Arts.

FLMST-220SW Special Topics in Film Studies: 'Screenwriting: The Shape of Stories'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

The screenplay is a unique and ephemeral form that exists as a blueprint for something else: a finished film. How do you convey on the page a story that will take shape within an audio-visual medium? The screenwriter must have an understanding of both the language of narrative film as well as the general shape and mechanics of film stories. This course will analyze both the language of film and the shape of film stories by looking at two modes of writing that are often at odds with each other: the three-act screenwriting as exemplified by Hollywood and the more elastic possibilities of the so-called 'art film.'

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
The department
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Instructor permission required.
Advisory: Preference will be given to Five College Film Majors. Please complete this questionnaire.

FLMST-260 Film Genres

This course offers a critical, historical, and theoretical approach to a specific film genre. Some examples of genres that might be studied are: the science fiction, horror, melodrama, musical, Western, detective, or gangster film.

FLMST-270 National and Transnational Cinema

FLMST-270BC National/Transnational Cinema: 'Bollywood: A Cinema of Interruptions'

Spring. Credits: 4

Indian popular film, known commonly as Bollywood, is usually understood to have weak storylines interrupted with overblown cinematic spectacles and distracting dance numbers. The course explores the narrative and visual structure of Bollywood for what scholar Lalitha Gopalan has called a "constellation of interruptions." We will analyze a selection of films closely, read scholarly articles, participate in debates, write guided assignments, and pursue independent research papers. We will learn to develop provocative historical and theoretical approaches to Indian films both, as a vibrant cultural form as well as intelligent filmmaking that challenges us and contributes to our understanding of world cinema.

Crosslisted as: ARTH-290BC
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
A. Sinha

FLMST-270FA National/Transnational Cinema: 'Fascism in Plain Sight'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course examines fascism from a visual perspective. Students learn about the history of the phenomenon through the lenses of cinema, television, and performance. The course begins with an overview of fascism that spans from 1920s Europe to the present. What exactly is fascism? What is its relationship to newly emergent populisms (often called "fascist") and their own emphasis on spectacle? How does fascism visualize race, immigration, gender, sexuality, and violence? The course focuses mainly on fascism's manifestations throughout the Spanish-speaking world. That is, what do Latin America and Spain teach us about its malleability and adaptability?

Crosslisted as: SPAN-240FA, CST-249FA
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Crumbaugh
Prereq: SPAN-212 or fluency in Spanish with permission.
Notes: Taught in Spanish.

FLMST-270FM National/Transnational Cinema: 'American Films That Matter'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Certain American films stand out as works of art by combining strong narrative structure with striking visual presence. Ten of those films, from the silent era to the present, will be studied. In addition to weekly discussion, students will be responsible for analyzing opening sequences. Among the films to be considered are: The Grapes of Wrath, It's a Wonderful Life, Sunset Boulevard, Touch of Evil, Vertigo, Chinatown, Blade Runner, Do the Right Thing, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Crosslisted as: ARTH-290FM
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
P. Staiti
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Prereq: A previous Film Studies course.

FLMST-275 Documentary Film

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course examines the history, theory, and practice of the genre called Documentary Film. Between studying the "actualités" of the cinema's first practitioners and the self-reflexive postmodern works of contemporary filmmakers such as Errol Morris, we will investigate ethnographic film, cinema verité, direct cinema, activist media, personal essay films, docudramas, and "mockumentaries." We will examine the formal structures through which these films make meaning and explore theoretical questions concerning notions of truth, ethics, and politics.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
R. Blaetz
Prereq: FLMST-201 or FLMST-202.

FLMST-280 Film Authorship

This course offers a critical, historical, and theoretical approach to a specific cinematic author. While most courses focus on a director or group of directors, courses may also focus on designers, technicians, performers, producers, or some combination

FLMST-285 Experimental Film

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course examines some aspect of the history and aesthetics of cinema made outside of the narrative practice of the classical Hollywood model. Some areas of focus include: surrealism and the cinema, American avant-garde cinema, or women's experimental cinema.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
R. Blaetz
Prereq: FLMST-201 or FLMST-202.
Notes: 2 meetings (75 minutes), 1 screening (2 hours)

FLMST-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.

FLMST-310 Special Topics in Media Production:

An advanced course in the theory and practice of film/video production as an art form. Topics for the seminar will vary from year to year.

FLMST-310CP Special Topics in Media Production: 'Advanced Projects in Video Production'

Spring. Credits: 4

In this class, we will take the skills and insights gained in introductory production courses and develop them over the length of the semester through the creation of one short project, 10 minutes long. You may work individually or in pairs. We will learn by making work as well as by researching, reading, and watching films related to our projects. We may take this opportunity to delve into and learn the conventions of our chosen form. Or we may decide that our content demands formal experimentation and risk-taking. The course will be structured by the projects each student brings to it.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
B. Mellis
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: FLMST-210 or its equivalent.
Advisory: Application and permission of instructor required. Application available through Film Studies Web site.
Notes: A lab fee may be charged.

FLMST-315 Topics in Film Theory

This course offers a consideration of one or more of the methods through which the medium of film is understood aesthetically and/or culturally.

FLMST-320 Seminar in Film Studies

FLMST-320BG Seminar in Film Studies: 'Beyond Geishas and Kung Fu Masters: Asian American Film and Visual Culture'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course examines contemporary Asian American film and visual culture through the lens of cultural recovery, self-invention, and experimentation. Focusing primarily on film and photography, we will explore issues of race and visuality, Hollywood orientalism, memory and post memory, and racial impersonation and parody. Students will engage with a variety of theoretical and critical approaches. Artists may include Nikki S. Lee, Margaret Cho, Tseng Kwong Chi, Jin-me Yoon, Justin Lin, Binh Dahn, Richard Fung, Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta, and Alice Wu.

Crosslisted as: ENGL-334BG
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
I. Day
Restrictions: This course is open to juniors and seniors
Prereq: 8 credits in English.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

FLMST-320CM Seminar in Film Studies: 'Cinematic Masculinities in Contemporary American Film, 1970-present'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott contend that "movies may be male dominated, but images of men are surprisingly narrow." This course both explores various constructs of postmodern American masculinity as they are portrayed and disseminated through contemporary film, and seeks to understand some of what is at stake (culturally, ideologically, economically) in perpetuating certain cinematic archetypes. Of particular relevance to our investigation are the ways in which film yokes masculinity to race, gender, and class. Films include The Deer Hunter, The Godfather, The Big Lebowski, Boyz in the Hood, Paris is Burning, Fight Club, and Moonlight.

Crosslisted as: ENGL-367CM
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
A. Rodgers
Restrictions: This course is open to juniors and seniors
Prereq: ENGL-199 or FLMST-201.

FLMST-320ME Seminar in Film Studies: 'Media and Surveillance' Film, 1970-present'

Fall. Credits: 4

With corporations using our data to anticipate our desires and counterterrorism units tapping into our communications, we are increasingly embedded in a surveillance society. This course considers practices of surveillance across media platforms, from smartphones, fitness trackers, and baby monitors to the biometric technologies that determine who may cross borders. We will explore how different governments, corporations, and individuals use new media to surveil others, as well as the ways racism and transphobia are inscribed in surveillance practices. We will also discuss and try out protective measures and various subversive practices of "sousveillance.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
H. Goodwin
Prereq: FLMST-201, or FLMST-202, or FLMST-203.

FLMST-320RC Seminar in Film Studies: 'Reflexivity in the Cinema' Film, 1970-present'

Spring. Credits: 4

Some of the most compelling films in the history of the moving image have been those that make the viewer aware of the processes of their own production. Breaking away from the tradition of what Robert Stam calls the "art of enchantment," they call attention to themselves for reasons that range from the playful to the philosophical to the political. Some of the directors whom we will consider include: Chantal Akerman, Wes Anderson, Julie Dash, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, William Greaves, Buster Keaton, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Fanta Régina Nacro, and Preston Sturges.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
R. Blaetz
Prereq: 8 credits in Film Studies including FLMST-201, FLMST-202, or FLMST-203.

FLMST-360 Film Genre

This course offers a critical, historical, and theoretical approach to a specific film genre. Some examples of genres that might be studied are: the science fiction, horror, melodrama, musical, Western, detective, or gangster film.

FLMST-360MH Genre: 'Film Melodrama and Horror''

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

An examination of classic and contemporary works in two important film genres, melodrama and horror. Topics of particular interest: affinities as well as contrasts between genres; feminist analyses and uses of genre; normative and alternative representations of sexualities; genre and the representations of race; spectatorship and the production of affect - tears and screams - by these genres. Extensive readings in film studies and cultural theory. Directors may include Almodóvar, Cronenberg, Curtiz, DePalma, Hitchcock, Kent, Lee, Onwurah, Polanski, Ray, Romero, Sirk, Vidor, and Whale.

Crosslisted as: ENGL-381
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Prereq: 4 credits in Film Studies and 4 credits in English.
Notes: enrollment may be limited

FLMST-370 Topics in National/Transnational Cinemas

Film Studies 370 offers a critical, historical, and theoretical approach to the cinema of a single country or group of countries. Some examples of national cinemas that might be studied are: French cinema, Francophone cinema, Indian cinema, Eastern European cinema, or Latin American cinema.

FLMST-370BC Topics in National/Transnational Cinemas: 'Bollywood: A Cinema of Interruptions'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

How are we to respond to Indian popular film, which is notorious for its distracting song and dance numbers, meandering story line, and visually overblown spectacles? This seminar will develop historical and theoretical approaches to Indian films as what scholar Lalitha Gopalan calls a 'constellation of interruptions.' Students will examine feature films in class, write critical papers on scholarly essays, and pursue independent research projects on various aspects of Indian film.

Crosslisted as: ARTH-360BC
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Sinha
Restrictions: This course is open to juniors and seniors
Prereq: 8 credits from Art History or Film Studies.
Notes: 1 meeting (3 hours), 1 screening (3 hours)

FLMST-370MW Topics in National/Transnational Cinemas: 'Memory (of) War'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

The medium of cinema has shown persistent concern with war and memory, and has constituted a heated battleground for remembrance and erasure of the past. Through cinema, in other words, we most clearly see both memories of war and subsequent wars among competing memories. The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the repressive military regime of Francisco Franco (1939-1975), and recent attempts to "recuperate" memory all dramatize these dynamics and raise a number of larger questions. How do destruction and devastation register through the visual? What happens when we attempt to police memory ( through censorship, propaganda, etc.)? What and why do people choose to remember or forget?

Crosslisted as: SPAN-340MW; CST-349MW
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Crumbaugh
Prereq: Two 200-level Spanish courses above SPAN-212.
Notes: Taught in Spanish. Component course for Film Studies.

FLMST-370SE Topics in National/Transnational Cinemas: 'A Rebel with a Camera: the Cinema of Ousmane Sembène'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Born in 1923 in Senegal, the writer/filmmaker Ousmane Sembène is one of the rare witnesses of the three key periods of contemporary African history: the colonial period; the period of struggle for political and economic independence; and the period of effort to eliminate neocolonialism through the rehabilitation of African cultures. This course is entirely devoted to the works of Ousmane Sembène and will explore the key moments of his life, his activism in European leftist organizations, his discovery of writing, and most of all the dominant features of his film work.

Crosslisted as: FREN-341SE
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
S. Gadjigo
Prereq: Two of the following courses: FREN-215, FREN-219, FREN-225.
Notes: Taught in French.

FLMST-380 Topics in Film Authorship

Film Studies 380 offers a critical, historical, and theoretical approach to a specific cinematic author. While most courses focus on a director or group of directors, courses may also focus on designers, technicians, performers, producers, or some combination of these personnel.

FLMST-380HA Topics in Film Authorship: 'Hitchcock and After'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course will examine the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the afterlife of Hitchcock in contemporary U.S. culture. We will interpret Hitchcock films in a variety of theoretical frames, including feminist and queer theories, and in shifting historical contexts, including the Cold War. We will also devote substantial attention to the legacy of Hitchcock in remakes, imitations, and parodies. Hitchcock films may include Spellbound, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, and The Birds; additional works by Brooks, Craven, and De Palma. Readings in film and cultural theory; screenings at least weekly.

Crosslisted as: ENGL-374
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Prereq: 4 credits in Film Studies and 4 credits in English.
Notes: meets English Department seminar requirement

FLMST-380PA Topics in Film Authorship: 'Natural's Not in It: Pedro Almodóvar'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course studies the films of Pedro Almodóvar, European cinema's favorite bad boy turned acclaimed auteur. On the one hand, students learn to situate films within the context of contemporary Spanish history (the transition to democracy, the advent of globalization, etc.) in order to consider the local contours of postmodern aesthetics. On the other hand, the films provide a springboard to reflect on larger theoretical and ethical debates. For instance, what can a weeping transvestite teach us about desire? What happens when plastic surgery and organ transplants become metaphors? Under what circumstances, if any, can spectators find child prostitution cute?

Crosslisted as: SPAN-340PA, GNDST-333PA
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Crumbaugh
Prereq: FLMST-201 or FLMST-202.
Notes: Weekly evening screenings; taught in English.

FLMST-380SF Topics in Film Authorship: 'Shakespeare and Film'

Fall. Credits: 4

We will read plays by Shakespeare, watch films based on those plays, and study the plays, the films, and the plays-as-films. "Shakespeare" comes first, of course, both historically and as the source/inspiration for the films. Yet each film has its own existence, to be understood not just as an "adaptation," but also as the product of linked artistic, technical, and economic choices. Considering Shakespeare's plays as pre-texts (rather than pre-scriptions), we will look at early and recent films, both those that follow closely conventionalized conceptualizations of "Shakespeare," and those that tend to erase or emend their Shakespearean sources.

Crosslisted as: ENGL-312SF
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
H. Holder
Restrictions: This course is open to juniors and seniors
Prereq: 8 credits from English beyond the 100 level, including ENGL-211.

FLMST-385 Topics in Experimental Film

Film Studies 385 topics offer a critical, historical, and theoretical approach to some aspect of non-narrative film.

FLMST-385AV Topics in Experimental Film: 'American Avant-Garde Cinema'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course examines the history of American avant-garde film, paying special attention to the alternative cultural institutions that have facilitated experimental cinema's emergence and longevity in the U.S. since the 1940s. We will consider how the avant-garde's interest in creating an alternative cinema necessitated a dramatic reorganization of existing modes of filmic production, distribution, exhibition, reception, and preservation. Students will analyze the major artistic tendencies that have defined the postwar American avant-garde, as well as the broader institutional practices involved in the production and maintenance of experimental film culture.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
The department
Prereq: 8 credits in department including FLMST-201 or FLMST-202.

FLMST-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.
Notes: a lab fee may be charged