PART I: AMHERST COLLEGE PRODUCTION COURSES:
None in Fall 2005.
PART II: AMHERST COLLEGE NON-PRODUCTION COURSES:
ENGLISH 01-05 RESPONDING TO FILM
MW 12:30-1:50 Limited to 20 students.
Like poems, plays and novels, films invite a response from their viewer that is at once one of pleasure and one of attentive analysis and nuanced judgment. This course will pay attention to a number of individual films, from past and present, from this country and elsewhere, that invite and deserve such responses. A strong emphasis in the course will be upon encouraging and disciplining the efforts of students to find language for themselves that is adequate to what they see and hear in films and upon helping them use that language to see and hear ever more in the films they watch. Frequent short writing assignments and at least one screening per week.
ENGLISH 20 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF FILM
TTh 11:30-12:50 Limited to 20 students.
This is an introductory class for students who are seeking to familiarize themselves with the history of cinema from the silent era to the present, its periods, genres, styles and directors. It is an opportunity for beginning students to learn how to observe, describe, and think critically about film, and how to raise questions about scene, shot, frame, camera movement, and editing style in order to understand the effects (historical and personal) that each film renders. Some theoretical texts will help us explore the ways in which these aspects of the medium have been addressed.
ENGLISH 75-02 FILM NOIR
TTh 2-3:20 Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 15 students.
This seminar will examine the intense period of film production and film stylization in America between 1942-1959 known as the period of Film Noir. There will be some survey of the literary and sociological background to Noir, but emphasis will be placed on a reading of the films. The innovation in cinematic language, the creation of a specific mood and situations of moral complexity, the ambiguity of the hero and the birth of the femme fatale: these are some of the themes that we will consider in determining how these films function both as documents of post-war American culture and as critiques of that culture. Wider questions will be raised about the difference between the art film and the “B” film, the official death of Film Noir and the rise of Neo-Noir, European Noir, Noir on TV. The development of the genre will be studied through works by Wilder, Lewis, Welles, Huston, Fuller, Aldrich, Coppola. Readings will include essays by the French film critics who gave the style its name, works of film criticism, and essays on lighting by a cinematographer of the period.
ENGLISH 83 THE NON-FICTION FILM
Senior Lecturer von Schmidt
TTh 10-11:20 Limited to 25 students.
The study of a range of non-fiction films, including (but not limited to) the “documentary,” ethnographic film, autobiographical film, the film essay. Will include the work of Eisenstein, Vertov, Ivens, Franju, Ophüls, Leacock, Kopple, Gardner, Herzog, Chopra, Citron, Wiseman, Blank, Apted, Marker, Morris, Joslin, Riggs, McElwee. Two film programs weekly. Readings will focus on issues of representation, of “truth” in documentary, and the ethical issues raised by the films.
THEATER & DANCE 62 PERFORMANCE STUDIO
An advanced course in the techniques of creating performance. Each student will create and rehearse a performance piece that develops and incorporates original choreography, text, music, sound and/or video. Experimental and collaborative structures and approaches among and within different media will be stressed. The final performance pieces and events will be presented in the Holden Theater. Can be taken more than once for credit. Requisite: Theater & Dance 35 and consent of the instructor. See Theater & Dance 29.
AmherstCollege Production courses Fall 2005: none