Schedule

8/26:    INTRODUCTION / THE TRANSITION TO SOUND

Screening: M (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931)

 

9/2:      THE GANGSTER FILM / THE STUDIO SYSTEM I

  • Dixon and Foster, chp. 5 and 4 (as much as you can)
  • Robert Warshow, “The Gangster as Tragic Hero” (on Blackboard)
  • William Wellman interview (on Blackboard)

Screening: The Public Enemy (William Wellman, US, 1931)

 

9/9:      MUSICALS AND SCREWBALL COMEDY / THE STUDIO SYSTEM II

  • Finish Dixon and Foster, chp. 4 & 5
  • Martin Rubin, “Busby Berkeley and the Backstage Musical”
  • James Harvey, “Sturges: Genius at Work” (on Blackboard)

Screening: Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, US, 1941), excerpts from

            Dames (Ray Enright/Busby Berkeley, US, 1934), Golddiggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy, US, 1933)

By this date, all students must have created a class blog, linked to our main course page

 

9/16:    MAJOR FIGURES: ORSON WELLES

  • Robert L. Carringer, “Orson Welles and Gregg Toland: Their Collaboration on ‘Citizen Kane’” (on Blackboard)
  • Excerpts from Citizen Kane: A Casebook (on Blackboard)

Screening: Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, US, 1941)

 

9/23:    FILM NOIR

  • Paul Schrader, “Notes on Film Noir” (on Blackboard)
  • Janey Place, “Women in Film Noir” (on Blackboard)
  • Billy Wilder interview (on Blackboard)

Screening: Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, US, 1944)

 

9/30: NO CLASS, COLLEGE CLOSED

 

 

 

10/4 (FRIDAY CLASSES MEET ON TUESDAY!):   ITALIAN NEOREALISM

  • Dixon and Foster, chp. 6
  • Vittorio De Sica interview (on Blackboard)
  • Andre Bazin, “An Aesthetic of Reality” (on Blackboard)

Screening: Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1952)

 

10/14:  MAJOR FIGURES: YASUJIRO OZU

  • Dixon and Foster, chp. 7
  • Donald Richie, excerpt from A Hundred Years of Japanese Film
  • Nick Wrigley, “Yasujiro Ozu,” biography on Senses of Cinema (http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/03/ozu.html)

Screening: Japanese post-war cinema: Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1951)

Analysis #1 to be posted before 9am on 10/14.

            Study guide for midterm distributed in class.

 

10/21:  1950s US CINEMA: MELODRAMA [Please note revised schedule– midterm now on 10/28]

Screening: Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, US, 1956)

At least 2 substantive blog posts and 4 comments must be posted by this date (in addition to your Analysis assignment). Posts that go up at the last minute or weeks after the films are screened will not have time to generate any real conversation, and thus will not receive full credit. Please plan ahead and give your classmates time to read and respond to your posts.

 

10/28:  Midterm (10:15-noon)

1950s US CINEMA: COLD WAR PARANOIA: Screening (at 12pm): Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, US, 1956)

 

11/4:    MAJOR FIGURES: ALFRED HITCHCOCK

  • Hitchcock interview with Francois Truffaut (on Blackboard)
  • David Thompson, excerpts from The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder

Screening: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1960)

 

11/11:  INDIAN CINEMA

  • Nasreen Munni Kabir, “Playback Time: A Brief History of Bollywood ‘Film Songs,’” (on Blackboard)
  • Teri Skillman, “The Bombay Hindi Film Song Genre” (on Blackboard)
  • Bert Cardullo, “Revisiting Satyajit Ray,” Bright Lights Film Journal, (http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/50/rayiv.htm)

Screening: Charulata (Satyajit Ray, in Bengali, 1964), clips from Kaagaz Ke Phool (Guru Dutt, in Hindi, 1959), Mother India (Mehboob Khan, in Hindi, 1957), Apna Desh (Jambu, in Hindi, 1972)

 

11/18:  THE FRENCH NEW WAVE

  • Dixon and Foster, chp. 8
  • Jean-Luc Godard, “From Critic to Film-Maker” (excerpts from interview) (e-reserve & Blackboard)

Screening: La Jetée (Chris Marker, France, 1962), Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1960)

 

11/25: NO CLASS, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

 

12/2:    POLITICAL CINEMA FROM AFRICA & LATIN AMERICA /  U.S. AVANT GARDE FILM

  • Jonas Mekas, “Independence for Independents” (on Blackboard)
  • Margot Kernan, “Cuban Cinema: Tomas Guiterrez Alea” (on Blackboard)
  • Ousmane Sembene interview (on Blackboard) [note: this interview took place early in Sembene’s career. He went on to create many films after this date]

Screening: Borom Sarret (Ousmane Sembene, Senegal, 1963)

Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968) (excerpts)

Excerpts from shorts by Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, and others TBA.

 

12/9:    U.S. INDEPENDENT FILM OF THE 1960s

  • Matthew Bernstein, “Perfecting the New Gangster: Writing ‘Bonnie and Clyde’” (on Blackboard)
  • Timothy Corrigan, “Auteurs and the New Hollywood” (on Blackboard)

Screening: excerpt from Shadows (John Cassavetes, US, 1959), Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, US, 1967)

All Extra Credit Screening Essays due by class time on 12/9

Study guide for final distributed in class.

Analysis #2 to be posted before 10am on 12/9.

           

By 10am on 12/16, you should have posted a total of 4 substantive blog posts and 8 comments, minimum (in addition to your Analyses assignments). Posts that go up at the last minute or weeks after the films are screened will not have time to generate any real conversation, and thus will not receive full credit. Please plan ahead and give your classmates time to read and respond to your posts.

 

 

Final Exam: Date to be announced

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