Summer Film Course | Auteur Study: Steven Spielberg

FILM S4138
3 points
Instructor: Stuart Weinstock
For course schedule and location, please visit the School of Professional Studies summer site here.
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Steven Spielberg may be the world’s most influential living film director. His uncanny grasp of visual storytelling and his auteurist signature can be found on every film he has directed, as well as many he has produced. This course will analyze the content and formal construction of Spielberg’s films by following their thematic through-lines – family ties (strained and healthy), the implacable threat, humanity at war, man vs. the natural world, the child’s perspective, and others – in films as disparate as "Jaws" and "The Color Purple."

Tuition & Fees
Current Columbia students can review tuition and fees here.

Visiting students can review tuition and fees here.

Materials Fee: $TBD
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About the Instructor
Stuart Weinstock is a writer, a director, and a professor of Film. He earned his BA in Film Studies and Psychology from Columbia College, and his MFA in Directing from Columbia's School of the Arts. His short films have screened and won awards at film festivals worldwide. Stuart has taught Film at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mercy College, and the New York Film Academy. His courses for Columbia include Topics in American Cinema: the History of Comedy, Auteur Study: Steven Spielberg, Introduction to the Study and Theory of Film, and New Hollywood: 1967-1980. Stuart also works with Columbia's Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies, programming Israeli films and film speakers for the entire university community. more
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