SMITH COLLEGE

Five College Film & Video Course Guide
FALL 2010

[Spring 2010 Courses Archived]

FLS 200 Introduction to Film Studies
Alexandra Keller
MW1:10PM-2:30PM, M7:00PM-11:00PM
This course offers an overview of cinema as an artistic, industrial, ideological and social force. Students will become familiar with the aesthetic elements of cinema (visual style, editing, cinematography, sound, performance, narration and formal structure, etc.), the terminology of film production, and the relations among industrial, ideological, artistic, and social issues. Films (both classic and contemporary, mainstream and experimental) will be discussed from aesthetic, historical and social perspectives, enabling students to approach films as informed and critical viewers. Enrollment limited to 60. Priority given to Smith College Film Studies Minors and Five College Film Studies Majors.
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  I
Five College Film Studies Major category: 1

FLS 241 Screwball Comedy
Margaret Bruzelius
MW 2:40-4, Screenings Sunday 7-11
Classic screwball comedies were produced in a ten-year period, roughly from Capra's It Happened One Night  (1934) to Sturges's Miracle at Morgan's Creek (1944). The class will screen 20 films from these years, although it will include a few later films: Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959), Mann's Lover Come Back (1962), and the Coen Brothers' Intolerable Cruelty (2003). We will examine the genre in its historical context and examine elements of the system -- studios, writers, producers, clothes and set designers, actors -- that produced this astonishingly witty and short-lived film genre.
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB, V
Five College Film Studies Major category: 4

FLS282: Advanced Video Seminar: Documentary Production Workshop
Bernadine Mellis
Tuesday, 1-4, Screenings: Monday, 7-11
In this class, we will take skills and insights gained in introductory video and documentary courses and develop them over the length of the semester through the creation of one short documentary project, 10-20 minutes long.  We will learn by doing as well as by watching documentaries, researching, and reading.  We will explore the ethical questions and ambivalences inherent in this medium, seeking complex answers to difficult questions about representation and the often blurry lines between fiction and non-fiction.  We will not rest easily or comfortably in established conventions of documentary; instead, fearless exploration of our chosen material will push us towards formal experimentation and risk-taking.  We will watch documentaries each week, films that introduce us to new ideas and information both in their content and in their form.  Our notion of what constitutes documentary will be challenged and expanded as we screen - and make - work that accepts the terms of documentary as well as work that interrogates the very category. The course will be structured by the projects that students brings to it.  Come with your idea; we will hit the ground running with proposal writing the first week.  
Prerequisites: Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Video Production
Enrollment by permission of instructor.
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  V
Five College Film Studies Major category: 8

EAS 214  Korean Film and Culture
Jina Kim
Topic: Extreme Emotions.  We will study Korean films to think about expressions of and contemporary uses of emotion.  We will consider how these cinematic texts serve as a site for theorizing and historicizing emotion in modern Korea.  In particular, we will explore the most extreme, but also the most basic, human emotions such as fear, pain, love, and sadness. In addition, we will ask how Korean films produce versions of emotional life that address various aspects of Korean history, class, gender, sexuality, and culture.  Films will be supplemented with theory, history, and popular culture texts and draw on writings by both Eastern and Western thinkers such as Confucius, Yi Sang, Foucault, and Sartre.
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB, V
Five College Film Studies Major category:   5, 6

FRN 252: French Cinema:  On the Move: Restlessness in French Cinema 
Martine Gantrel-Ford
M-W 2:40-4:00 pm; screenings: M 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Even before the “road movie” became a cinematic genre, the French New Wave made restlessness its signature theme. In the first half of the term, we will explore how the French New Wave used restlessness both as a theme and a narrative device to frame the existential quest and the crisis of meaning experienced by its young and attractive protagonists. In the second half of the semester, we will investigate the new meanings today’s cinema has put on restlessness and the various ways in which it has built upon the formal innovations of the New Wave. Works by directors such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Manuel Poirier and Yolande Moreau. Readings in film criticism and film history. Students will be encouraged to develop a specifically cinematic discourse through close analysis of individual films. Papers and weekly screenings required. Course taught in French. Cross-listed with Film Studies.
Prerequisite: FRN 230, or permission or the instructor.   4 credits
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB, V
Five College Film Studies Major category:   5, 6

FYS 185 Style Matters: The Power of the Aesthetic in Italian Cinema
Anna Botta
M W 2:40-4:00 pm and M 7:30 pm film screenings
Examining Italian cinema from neorealism to today, this course will investigate how major directors have negotiated two apparently independent postwar traditions: the aesthetic of realism (which purports to show Italian society and landscape without embellishments) and that search for beauty and style which has historically characterized Italian civilization and become its trademark in today's global culture (Made in Italy). Directors include Amelio, Antonioni, Bertolucci, De Santis, De Sica, Germi, Moretti, Ozpetek, Pasolini, Visconti. Conducted in English. Films with English subtitles. Enrollment limited to 16 first-year students. WI
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate category:  IIB, V
Five College Film Studies Major category: 5, 6

POR 381 Seminar in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies: Multiple Lenses of Marginality: New Brazilian Filmmaking by Women
Marguerite Itamar Harrison
MWF 01:10-02:30
This course will examine the pioneering legacy of key figures in the Brazilian cinema of the 1980s and 1990s, such as Susana Amaral, Helena Solberg, Ana Carolina, and Tizuka Yamasaki. These directors’ early works addressed issues of gender and social class biases by subtly shifting the focus of their films to marginalized or peripheral subjects. Works by contemporary filmmakers, such as Carla Camurati, Lúcia Murat, Tata Amaral, and Laís Bodanzky, will also be discussed, particularly the ways in which they incorporate polemical topics in the realm of politics, social consciousness, and/or gender issues. Course conducted in Portuguese.  major requirements:
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate Category:  IIB, IV, V
Five College Film Studies Major Category: 5, 6, 7

SPN 245  Topics in Latin American & Peninsular Studies: Teledictadura: Historical Narrative in Spanish TV
Reyes Lázaro
MWF 02:40-04:00  location?
“Cuéntame cómo pasó” is a pedagogical TV series which narrates the life of an average Spanish family from the last years of Franco’s dictatorship to the transition to democracy (1968-1982).  Through the Alcántara family and complementary materials (historical, sociological, cultural, literary) we will analyze both the private and public history of this defining moment of contemporary Spain and the politics of memory of the Spanish transition.  Prerequisite: SPN 220 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate Category: 
Five College Film Studies Major Category: 5,6

SPN 245-02  Topics in Latin American & Peninsular Studies: Latin American Film Today: Global Visions, Local Expressions
Maria H. Rueda
TTh 09:00-10:20   location?
This course will study important changes that have taken place in Latin American film-making since the mid nineties, both in terms of the international visibility of films from the region, and in their development of innovative audio-visual languages.  The class will analyze national and trans-national factors that have influenced these changes, related to the cultural and socio-political effects of globalization in the region.  It is a landscape that brought many new challenges to film-makers, and saw the emergence of previously unseen stories, which found their way to the screens.  We will study films by directors such as Alejandro González Iñarritu, Lucrecia Martel, and José Padilha, while reading and reflecting on the many elements that impact their content and production. Prerequisite: SPN 220 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Undergraduate UMass Film Studies Certificate Category:  IIB,  V
Five College Film Studies Major Category: 5, 6