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Film Theory


This course explores theoretical approaches to fiction and nonfiction film, television, video and other media. Though no production experience is required, we will make storyboards and videos, and students have the option to make a video as a final project. We then consider "ists" and "isms" including realism and reality TV; modernism; postmodernism; materialism; evolutionary criticism, and Freudianism and gender theory. Movies we may consider: Modern Times, Pervert's Guide to Cinema, Bicycle Thieves, Star Wars, Shane, Out of the Past, Waking Life, No Country for Old Men, Man with the Movie Camera, Un Chien Andalou, and a variety of shorter videos.

ENG 393 satisfies a Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
ENG 393 fulfills a requirement in the Film & Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.