MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE

Five College Film & Video Course Guide

FALL 2009  (updated 4/7/09)

 

Note:  Course info may be subject to change and will be updated as more information becomes available.  All courses are 4 credits each unless otherwise noted.

 

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NOTES from Mount Holyoke College:

Most courses have additional screening times; some courses have prerequisites and/or have limited enrollments. 

Please check the course catalogue and supplement for more information.

 

For information about the Film Studies Program at Mount Holyoke, please call 538-2200, or visit the Film Studies Program website at www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/film.

 

Please make sure when registering that you use the FLMST course number and not the cross-listed course number.

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FLMST- 101  THE NEW FACES OF GERMANY:  CONTEMPORARY GERMAN SOCIETY IN FILM & TEXT                                 

Also (GRMST 100-01)

Prof. Davis                 

TTH 11-12:15

Germany today, 20 years past the fall of the Berlin Wall: cities where much of the population was not born in Germany; 160,000 Turks and fourth-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. Focus on close analysis of several films, their socio-historical, economic, and cultural contexts. Films include: Lives of Others, Journey of Hope, Ali-Fear Eats the Soul, All for Sugar.

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB

Five College Film Studies Major category:  5

 

FLMST- 201  INTRODUCTION TO FILM                                             

Prof. Blaetz

TTH 11-12:15    220 ART  and T 7-10 (Film. Scr)    220 ART

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.

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  I

Five College Film Studies Major category:  1

 

FLMST- 203  INTRO TO SPANISH & LATIN AMERICAN FILM                              

Also (SPAN-240-01)

Prof. Crumbaugh

Tu Th 1:15-2:30        

This course offers a broad introduction to the history, politics, and aesthetics of Latin American and Spanish cinema in the context of, and in contrast with, cinemas from other regions, especially hegemonic Hollywood aesthetics. This course will also focus specifically on introducing students to the basic terminology and methodologies of film analysis, thus preparing them for the department's film seminar (Spanish 320) and other advanced courses in film studies. (taught in Spanish)

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB

Five College Film Studies Major category:  1, 5          

 

FLMST-210-01 PRODUCTION WORKSHOP: VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE 

TH 9:00am-12:00 PM              LBRY 231 and  W 7-9  PM  LBRY 231

This media production course will investigate experiences and representations around immigration and exile. In an effort to look at this subject from inside and out, we will look at historical and contemporary examples of work both about and by exiles and immigrants. A departure also involves complex ideas of home. How is home represented by those who have left it? Is the idea of home idealized or demonized, or both? How is the new landscape translated or assimilated? How does technology change our sense of place and connection? In this course we seek to unpack complex experiences of displacement through production work in digital video, screenings, and readings.

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  V

Five College Film Studies Major category:  8

 

FLMST-220-01  MUSIC AND FILM                                                                     

Also (MUSIC 220)

Prof.  Sanford

02:40PM-03:55PM M,W      Pratt Memorial Music Bldg 109

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.

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIA

Five College Film Studies Major category:  6

 

FLMST-320-01  VISUALIZING CULTURES                                                       

Also (ANTHRO 310)

Prof.  Battaglia

01:15PM-04:05PM W

This topics course provides advanced instruction in an aspect of film history, theory, or criticism. Students are expected to bring substantial background in the study of film to this course; enrollment may be limited.

Course description for Fall 2009 TBA.

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIA, IV

Five College Film Studies Major category:  6, 7

 

FLMST-340-01  TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL FILM:  HOME MOVIES                   

Prof. Blaetz                

W 1:15-4:05 PM 221 ART  and W 5-7 PM 220 ART

This course examines that strain of the American Avant-Garde that finds its raw material in the domestic and quotidian world of everyday life, which it shapes through various, often highly complex editing practices. The theoretical work for the course is centered on the notion of duration; some of the filmmakers to be considered include: Stan Brakhage, Marie Menken, Marjorie Keller,and Peggy Ahwesh.

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIA, IV

Five College Film Studies Major category:  6, 7

 

FLMST-370-01 TOPICS IN AMERICAN FILM:  ART OF THE HOLLYWOOD FILM 

Also (ARTH 350-02)

Prof. Staiti                  

TH 1:15-4:05 PM  221 ART and  T 7-9 PM 106B

This is a course on American feature-length film from the silent era to the present. After reading theories of classical narration, Hollywood style, and cultural significance, we will develop interpretive strategies for ten films, among them The Grapes of Wrath, Touch of Evil, Sunset Boulevard, Vertigo, Blade Runner, and Unforgiven.

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB, IV

Five College Film Studies Major category: 5, 7         

 

FLMST- 370-02  TOPICS IN NATIONAL/TRANSNATIONAL FILM: LOVE & DEATH OR SEX & CRIME

Also (GRMST- 315)

Prof. Teschke 

M 7-10 PM   

Topic:  Love and Death or Sex and Crime: The Representation of East Germany in Film after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Taught in German. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, we will discuss the most important films about East Germany produced after 1990. Films such as Good-bye Lenin, Stilles Land, Das Leben der Anderen, Halbe Treppe and others form the basis of discussion and analysis of political, economic and cultural discourses in unified Germany between 1990-2008. We compare these films with classics of East German film, such as Spur der Steine, Der Dritte, Die Legende von Paul & Paula, and Solo Sunny. In addition to writing assignments based on film analysis and criticism, we also practice the basics of scriptwriting and film directing.                       

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB, IV

Five College Film Studies Major category: 5, 7                                                                                                                                             

FLMST- 370-03 TOPICS IN NATIONAL/TRANSNATIONAL FILM: THE FRENCH NEW WAVE

Also (FREN 331-02)

Prof. Le Gouis             

TU 1:15-4:05 PM             

The New Wave was a series of films made in the 1960s by a group of pioneers, who had seen almost every film ever made and particularly admired American and Russian cinema. This creative explosion, a reaction to "cinéma de Papa," won an aesthetic and political victory against an increasingly affluent, self-satisfied society, and brought about a revolution in the film industry.                      

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB, IV

Five College Film Studies Major category: 5, 7                                                                                                                                 

FLMST- 380-01 TOPICS IN AUTHORSHIP: HENRY JAMES ON FILM      

also (ENGL- 345-01)

Prof. Weber      

M 7-10 PM       

This seminar will examine the various screen adaptations of assorted novels by Henry James. We will read the novels against the films, exploring how James's texts translate--or do not translate--into film.                               

Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB, IV

Five College Film Studies Major category: 6, 7