NOTE: Most courses have additional screening times; some courses require prerequisites and/or have limited enrollments. Please check the course catalogue and supplement for more information. For information on the Film Studies Program at Mount Holyoke, please call 538-2200, or visit the Film Studies Program website at 4/6/04


W 1 - 3:50 and M 7 - 9pm (screening) P. Staiti

American feature-length, dramatic films from the silent era to the present. There will be readings on and extensive class discussions of ten commercial films, including Sunset Boulevard, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Touch of Evil, Blade Runner, Do the Right Thing, and Unforgiven. Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement Prereq. jr, sr, 8 credits in art history or film studies, or permission of instructor; 4 credits; enrollment limited to 15; 1 meeting (3 hours), 1 screening (2 hours)


TUTH 8:35 - 9:50 and TU 7- 9pm (screening) R. Blaetz

This course teaches the basic concepts and critical skills involved in interpreting film. Through lecture, reading, discussion, and screening of films both in and outside of class, the student will become a more informed and sophisticated observer of the cinema. During the first half of the semester, the class will study form and style in narrative film as well as in nonnarrative practices such as avant-garde and documentary filmmaking. For the remainder of the course, the class will examine some of the major critical approaches in the field. Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement 4 credits; enrollment limited to 40; 2 meetings (75 minutes), 1 screening (2 1/2 hours)


W 1 - 3:50 and TU 7-10 (screening) A. Steuernagel

This course offers an introductory exploration into the moving image as an art form outside of the conventions of the film and television industries. This class will cover technical and aesthetic aspects of video production and will also offer a theoretical and historical context in which to think about independent cinema and video art. Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement Prereq. Enrollment by instructor permission only.; 4 credits; enrollment limited to 10; 1 meeting (3 hours), 1 screening (3 hours); a lab fee may be charged

Film Studies 270f (01) National and Transnational Cinema Middle Eastern Cinema

TTH 11:00-12:15 and W 7:00-9:30 (screening) D. Namaan

This course offers a critical, historical, and theoretical approach to the cinema of a single country or group of countries. Some examples that might be studied are: French cinema, Francophone cinema, Indian cinema, Eastern European cinema, or Latin American cinema. This course provides a broad survey on Middle Eastern cinema. Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement Prereq. Film Studies 201, 202, or permission of instructor; 4 credits; enrollment limited to 30; 2 meetings (75 minutes) and 1 screening (2 1/2 hours)


TUTH 11 - 12:15 G. Davis First-year seminar (Writing-intensive course; taught in English) In Germany today you will find: Cities where _ of the population was not born in Germany. 160,000 Turks and 4th generation Germans of African descent living in Berlin. Public schools offering Islamic religious instruction. More Russian Jews emigrating to Germany than to Israel. Immigrants of German citizenship, who do not know German. East Germans longing for the return of the Wall.Recent German film has represented these diverse faces of Germany, often through comedy despite the complex content. Focus on close analyses of several films, their socio-historical, economic, and cultural contexts. Films to include: Goodbye Lenin, Im Juli, Yasemin, Journey of Hope, Ali--Fear Eats the Soul. Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement 4 credits; enrollment limited to 20; 2 meetings (75 minutes) TUTH 11-12:15


MW 2:40-3:55 and M 4-6pm (screening) T. Wartenberg ( Film Studies)

An exploration of philosophical issues encountered in the study of film. Why do we need a theory of film? What is a film anyway? Do films have "authors"? How do films engage our emotions? Can films be socially critical? What can we learn from films? These are examples of the topics to be discussed in this course as we investigate the nature of film and its relation to philosophy. There will be weekly required film screenings. Satisfies Humanities I-B requirement Prereq. 4 credits in department or in Film Studies, or permission of instructor; 4 credits; 2 meetings (75 minutes), 1 screening (3 hours)


TUTH 2:40 - 3:50 D. Sanford

For all who stay to the end of the credits, purchase soundtracks, and argue over who should have won the Oscar for Best Score, along with anyone else interested in the undervalued importance of music to the general effect of a motion picture, this course will explore and discuss the myriad ways in which these two media interact. The course will focus on classic scores by Herrmann, Morricone and Williams, as well as the uses of existing music in films of Bergman and Kubrick. Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement Prereq. 100 or 103 or 105 or Per I; 4 credits; enrollment limited to 20; 2 meetings (75 minutes)


TU 1 - 4:50 and TU 7- 9pm (screening) R. Blaetz This topics course provides advanced instruction in an aspect of filmhistory, theory, or criticism. Students are expected to bring substantial background in the study of film to this course; enrollment may be limited. This seminar examines experimental cinema made by women from the early 1950s, during the earliest years of the movement known as the American Avant-Garde, through the 1990s. While the class will read feminist film theory and see the work of such well-known filmmakers as Yvonne Rainer, Sally Potter, and Chantal Akerman, we will also examine the less familiar but highly influential films of women working in the home movie or diary mode, with particular emphasis on the work of Marie Menken. Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement Prereq. Filmst 201.; 4 credits; enrollment limited to 12; 1 meeting (3 hours), 1 screening (2 hours)

*IMPORTANT: The following courses are Component Courses only:

* ARTH 360 Seminar in Asian Art: Visual Cultures of South Asia

TU 1 - 3:50 and M 7 - 9pm (screening) A. Sinha (Asian Studies 360f (01))

The seminar is designed as a series of case studies for understanding the social life of visual images in South Asia. Our central problem will be to develop an analytical vocabulary to describe making, seeing, disfiguring, and reproducing visual and material things as modes of history. Student-led discussions and research papers will explore topics ranging from the making and breaking of stone monuments in ancient (and modern) periods to the magical realism of such modern media as photography, mass-produced calendar prints, and commercial cinema. Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement Prereq. jr, sr, or permission of instructor; 8 credits in art history, or Asian studies, or film studies, or permission of instructor; 4 credits; enrollment limited to 15; 1 meeting (3 hours), occasional screenings

*ANTH 310 Visualizing Cultures

TUTH 1:15-2:30 D. Battaglia

In this course we go behind the scenes and behind the screens of anthropological films, television, museum exhibitions, and publications such as National Geographic Magazine, to explore the social contexts of their production, distribution, and interpretation. We consider how popular images of cultural "others" reveal the lives and times that produce them, and how, as sites of cultural exchange and political debate, such images shape and are shaped by relations of power. Further, we consider the diversity of local responses to images of cultural identity and begin to explore the complexities of "picturing cultures" from different subject positions across the global mediascape. Satisfies multicultural requirement; does not satisfy a distribution requirement. Prereq. 8 credits in department or permission of instructor; 4 credits; enrollment limited to 20; 2 meetings (75 minutes)

*FREN 225 Intro to Contemp.Culture & Media of France & the French-Speaking World (see instr. before registering) **(in French)

TUTH 11 - 12:15 C. Rivers

The primary purpose of this course is to familiarize students with contemporary issues in French culture as they are represented in French-speaking media of today. (Speaking-intensive course) This course will introduce students to contemporary popular culture in France and the French-speaking world, largely through the study of recent (post-1995) best-selling novels, popular music, and feature films. Students will be asked to give formal oral presentations based on up-to-date materials gathered from the internet and/or French television and to participate actively in class discussion. Satisfies Language requirement or Humanities I-A requirement C. Rivers Prereq. French 203, or placement score of 430+, or department placement; 4 credits; enrollment limited to 16; 2 meetings (75 minutes)

*GERM 312 Realism and Reality: 19th Century German Culture

** (in German)

MW 11 - 12:15 G Davis

(Speaking- and writing-intensive course) We will focus on diverse texts from the age of poetic realism and the later 19th century. Discussion of issues of national and gender identity as Germany gains its political independence, Jewish Germans obtain citizenship rights, and the German women's movements garner strength. Attention to the increasingly problematic relationship between individual and society, authors' responses to the conflict between the need for personal freedom and the demands of constricting social structures. Authors and filmmakers include Raabe, Keller, Storm, Fontane; Witt, Hansen. Readings also examine social-historical events and the ideas of such "makers of the 20th century" as Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud. Satisfies Language requirement or Humanities I-A requirement Prereq. Open to students who have previously studied German.; 4 credits; 2 meetings (75 minutes) MW 11-12:15