Studies in Film/Genre
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|1/21/2020||5/4/2020||TR||3:40pm - 5:00pm||HS G35|
This course will explore the important concept of genre in film, analyzing its various styles and conventions. We will discuss genre both as a critical term and as a system of classification that defines and characterizes groups of related narrative and cinematic form. Strict genre films (Westerns, war films, comedy, melodrama, horror films, musicals, gangster films, sci-fi films, etc.) as well as sub-genre and crossover films that blend several genres will be discussed. Topics include genre criticism, audience expectations, spectatorship, the tension between genre and auteurism, and genre and its relation to popular culture. Screened films will include mostly contemporary Hollywood but also independent films. Films include The Shining (Kubrick, 1980), The Blues Brothers (Landis,1980), Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (Ritchie, 1998), Chinatown (Polanski, 1974), The Big Lebowski (Coen Brothers, 1998), and Black Panther (2018). This course requires use of Canvas. No prerequisites.