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MEDST 240: Styles of Cinema

Amy Herzog and Richard Maxwell

(Submission #63)

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to train students in the systematic close readings of film texts. The central question the class will explore is: what is the relationship between film form, the elements of cinematic style, and film content, the themes, motifs and structure of cinematic narrative. The course is divided into two parts. The first portion of the class will introduce students to basic film grammar and components of film style while the second will explore the political and cultural ramifications of film practice using the issue of stylistic deviations from Classical Hollywood storytelling as a point of departure. Students will also develop critical writing skills through close analysis of films.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP)
Context of Experience: Not Applicable
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MEDST 200 or 143 or 144.
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: 240
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 1
Number of Seats: 35


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