The goal of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of film history and film analysis. We’ll focus on cinema as an art form first and foremost, but always taking into account technological, economic, and cultural/political/ideological factors as well.
Over the course of six weeks, students will:
• Learn the basic grammar of film language and examine how story and meaning are communicated to viewers
• Analyze film scenes by breaking them down shot by shot
• Gain a broad understanding of cinema history, from the early years of silent film in the United States and Europe to recent innovations in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East
• Study key moments in the medium’s development, including the coming of sound, the rise and fall of the classical Hollywood studio system, the transition from celluloid to digital video, and more
• Consider how film evolved in relation to the other arts and media
• Explore the work of major directors such as D.W. Griffith, Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Vittorio De Sica, Akira Kurosawa, Agnes Varda, and Wong Kar-Wai
• Learn about modes of filmmaking outside the mainstream narrative tradition, including documentaries and avant-garde/experimental film
• Sample a wide range of approaches to film criticism and theory, from Soviet montage and auteurism to feminism, post-colonialism, and beyond
Tuition & Fees
Materials Fee: $30
For questions about School of the Arts summer courses, including those concerning admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Professional Studies summer team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-854-9666. With questions about specific course content, please contact Film Departmental Representative Robert King at email@example.com.