An intensive study of a specific body of films grouped by similarities in style, genre, period or cultural origin. Emphasis is on historical, theoretical and critical issues. Topics vary. Sample topics: Documentary film; film adaptation; film authors; independent film; movie musicals. Course may be taken more than once when topic varies. Prerequisite: COMM 314.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Documentary Film: A Primer
By Rollyson, Carl (iUniverse) Recommended
Hollywood Musicals: The Film Reader
By Cohan, Steven (Routledge) Recommended
Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
By Biskind, Peter (Simon & Schulster Adult Publishing Group) Recommended
Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader
By Corrigan, Timothy (Prentice Hall) Recommended
To understand formal elements that link films together in style and genre.
To move beyond introductory knowledge of film vocabulary and analysis into advanced discussion of the medium.
To associate key theorists and practitioners within specified styles and genres.
Recognize and articulate the evolution of cinema as an art form and the specific qualities of a particular style or genre.
Identify significant individuals involved in the evolution of a particular style or genre.
Develop advanced critical thinking and writing skills as they analyze film form and content.
Apply advanced level organizational and analytical skills when discussing film research.
Demonstrate advanced mastery of film production terminology and technique.
This course requires significant time for screening films, in addition to traditional lecture and discussion.
New American Independent Cinema (Example)
Cinema of outsiders
New York School of Independent Film
Resurrection of Noir
Gay and lesbian film
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.