||This course aims to cover three basic areas of film studies: film interpretation and analysis, the film industry, and film theories. Students will learn to read and critique a film for both its ideological content and its formal features. We will also examine the various institutions that comprise the film industry as an INDUSTRY. Topics included the star system, the technology of film production, reception study, etc. Finally students will read several theoretical essays to get a foretaste of more advanced film studies subjects.
There will be one final paper, the grade of which will be your grade for the semester. Students should expect to spend at least two hours every week on film viewing in addition to class time.