VACV142 The Art of Theatrical Cinema
Department of The Arts: Cinema/Video Production
Course Number and TitleVACV142 The Art of Theatrical Cinema
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationStudents must attend an off-campus film screening.
Catalog Course DescriptionStudents examine the art and craft of the narrative cinema as it has developed from the beginning of film history to the present. Feature films are analyzed for their visual and story elements as well as their historic, cultural, religious, political and economic context.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Learning Goals Students will:
- apply the appropriate vocabulary to analyze and describe the style and technical aspects of films;
- recognize the contributions of various countries, studios, or directors to the development of an international cinema;
- interpret the connections between film and important historical events of the twentieth century, and changing attitudes towards women;
- interpret the possible meaning of a film within an appropriate and arguable context (e.g. historical, religious, political, economic, social, racial, gender roles, etc.); and
- develop critical views of theatrical cinema.
- Core (if applicable) Category III:
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives:Students will:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:Students view and analyze examples of films that may be selected from the following categories: Primitive Cinema, Classical Style in Film, Russian Montage Editing, German Expressionism, American Silent Comedy, Realism, Film Noir, Italian Neorealism, French New Wave, Third World Cinema, European Superstar Directors, New Direction in Hollywood Cinema. Students learn the basic terminology used in the study of film and apply this vocabulary to the analysis of films viewed. Students examine film as a reflection of its cultural origin and explore how it can be interpreted in the context of history, religion, politics, economics, social hierarchies, race relations, gender roles, etc.
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students submit a mandatory film review and analysis paper, which demonstrates proper use and citation of research materials, and additional writing assignments.
- Core (if applicable) A departmentally developed writing assignment is used by all instructors.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Students view films during class. Instructors select required readings and support materials. See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Course Goals/Objectives added 11/06; Revised 3/2010