Fall 2003
Film Screenings: Monday/Wednesday, 3:30-5:50 (Savery 249)
Lecture: Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:50 (Thompson 101)
(No Friday Section Meetings)

Steven Shaviro (, A303 Padleford, Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:00

September 29-30, October 1-2: Introduction
Buster Keaton, Sherlock Junior (1924)
Edward D. Wood, Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Reading: Bordwell and Thompson, Chapter 1 (Film Production, Distribution, and Exhibition)
Other Films: Guy Maddin, Heart of the World

2.October 6-9: Mise-en-scene
Josef von Sternberg, The Scarlet Empress (1934)
Ridley Scott, Blade Runner (1982)
Reading: Bordwell and Thompson, Chapter 6 (The Shot: Mise-en-scene)
Other Films: Howard Hawks, His Girl Friday; John Cassavetes, Killing of a Chinese Bookie; Robert Wiene, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari; Michaelangelo Antonioni, Red Desert; Busby Berkeley, Gold Diggers of 1935.

3.October 13-16: Cinematography
Orson Welles, Touch of Evil (1958)
Jean Renoir, Grand Illusion (1937)
Reading: Bordwell and Thompson, Chapter 7 (The Shot: Cinematograpy)
Other Films: Robert Montgomery, Lady in the Lake; Kathryn Bigelow, Strange Days; Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Roublev.

4.October 20-23: Editing/Montage
John Woo, The Killer (1989)
Sergei Eisenstein, Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Reading: Bordwell and Thompson, Chapter 8 (The Relation of Shot to Shot: Editing); Sergei Eisenstein, "A Dialectic Approach to Film Form"
Other Films: Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds; Psycho; Michael Bay, Armageddon.

5.October 27-30:Sound
Jacques Tati, Playtime (1967)
Robert Bresson, A Man Escaped (1956)
Reading: Bordwell and Thompson, Chapter 9 (Sound in the Cinema)
Other Films: Akira Kurosawa, Seven Samurai; Takeshi Kitano, The Violent Cop; Jim Jarmusch, Stranger Than Paradise.
First short paper due, October 30

6.November 3-6: The Continuity System
John Ford, Stagecoach (1939)
Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story (1953)
Reading: Bordwell and Thompson, Chapter 8 continued
Other Films: John Huston, The Maltese Falcon

7.November 10-13: Film Style
Jean Renoir, La Chienne (1931)
Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street (1945)
Reading: Andre Bazin, "The Myth of Total Cinema" and "The Evolution of the Language of Cinema"
Other Films: Richard Linklater, Waking Life; Frank Capra, It Happened One Night; William Wyler, The Best Years of Our Lives; Orson Welles, Citizen Kane.

8.November 17-20: The Spectator
Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window (1954)
Michael Powell, Peeping Tom (1960)
Reading: Laura Mulvey, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema"

9.November 24-25: Film Authorship: The Auteur Theory
[no screening Wed Nov 26]
Howard Hawks, Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Reading: Peter Wollen, "The Auteur Theory"
Other Films: Hatari!, Rio Bravo, Red River, To Have and Have Not, Bringing Up Baby (all by Howard Hawks). 

10.December 1-4: Film Genres
Howard Hawks, The Big Sleep (1946)
Robert Aldrich, Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Reading: Bordwell and Thompson, Chapter 4 (Film Genres) Other Films: Billy Wilder, Double Indemnity
Second short paper due, December 2

11.December 8-10: Form and Innovation
Jean-Luc Godard, Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

All Readings can be found either in the textbook ordered for this class: Film Art: An Introduction (6th edition), by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, 7th Edition; or in the class reader, available at the Odegaard Library Copy Center.

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