UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

Film & Video Courses

SPRING 2007

 

Anthropology

 

ANTHRO 106 CULTURE THROUGH FILM     Cap 30

Instructor: Enoch Page

10839 W 6:00PM - 10:00PM Grayson Dormitory Rm 104

Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics, and social change.  (Gen.Ed. SB, G).

Open to students in Orchard Hill, Central, or Northeast RAP/TAP programs.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

ANTH 306 VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Jacqueline Urla

23459 TuTh 11:15AM - 12:30PM, location TBA                    Cap 35

23460 Tu 6:30PM - 8:30PM, location TBA

This course examines the politics and poetics of visual representation in the field of anthropology, focusing mainly on film. Beginning with the living museums of world's fairs where "exotic" peoples were put on display, we will look at the implicit evolutionary paradigms that informed early uses of photography for classifying racial types.  From there, we will examine one of the most popular forms of “looking” at diversity – National Geographic magazine.  The second half of the course will offer a survey of classic and contemporary ethnographic film. Students will be asked to examine a variety of documentary, observational, and experimental styles in both ethnographic film and "indigenous media", and to consider how relations of power and authority are embodied in both form and content. We will also look at recent attempts by native peoples to produce their own television and video. Our overall goal will be to better understand how and under what conditions visual images contribute to anthropology's project of fostering meaningful cross cultural communication.  REQUIREMENTS. Regular attendance at lecture and Tuesday evening film screenings is mandatory.  You cannot pass this course if you miss more than 3 screenings.  You will be asked to keep a film journal that you turn in with notes on all films.  There will be three take-home essays.  These will cover basic concepts and materials addressed in readings, lectures, and films.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 104 or 106

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

ANTH 697BB VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY AT THE CROSSROADS

Jacqueline Urla

23483 F 1:25PM - 4:25PM, location TBA

Visual anthropology is at a crossroads.  Its objective, methods, and contributions to the larger field of anthropology are under intense debate.  This seminar will examine the debates surrounding the politics and poetics of visual representation in the field of anthropology, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the moving image. We begin with a look at the hybrid roots of visual anthropology (photography and film) emerging simultaneously out of concerns with documenting racial typologies, imperialism, commodified display, and social hygiene in the latter half of the nineteenth century.  From there we turn to review various modes of ethnographic filmmaking – from observational to experimental styles --and the various ways filmmakers have understood the epistemological nature, purpose, and form of ethnographic film. Throughout, we will be concerned with critically analyzing the historical contexts and theoretical frameworks shape the various ways in which human cultures have been represented visually.  Students will be asked to participate actively in class discussion of films and readings, to prepare critical syntheses of assigned readings, and to produce a final research paper on a topic (to be approved by instructor) relating to visual anthropology.

Graduate course.

 

Art

 

ART 230 PHOTO I      Cap 26

Section 1: 16849    TuTh 8:00AM - 10:45AM Bartlett Hall Rm 51 Instructor TBA

Section 2: 16850    TuTh 11:15AM - 2:10PM Bartlett Hall Rm 51 Instructor TBA

Introduction to photographic tools and methods. The balance between self-inquiry and the importance of process and materials as vehicles of meaning. Theory explored through class critiques and slide presentations. Photography examined and discussed both from a personal point of view and in its wider cultural context.

Open to undergraduate students with majors in Art, BFA-Art, BFA-Art Ed, BFA-Design or Art History or with instructor consent.

 

ART 231 PHOTO II     Cap 14

16851     F 9:05AM - 3:00PM Bartlett Hall Rm 51

Instructor TBA

In-depth exploration of techniques and materials including zone system, large format, and non-silver processes. Slide lectures, discussions, and readings. Prerequisite: ART 230 or consent of instructor. Open to undergraduate students with majors in Art, BFA-Art, BFA-Art Ed, BFA-Design or Art History or with instructor consent.

 

ART 297DD/ART 597LL  DIGITAL MEDIA: TIME BASED                 Cap 15

23598 MWF 9:05AM - 11:50AM      Lederle Grad Res Ctr rm 127A           

Michael Coblyn, Rosanne Retz            

This course explores of the creative possibilities of digital video and sound. This course presents students with the basic skills and concepts used in experimental digital video production through small-scale projects. Students will use industry standard equipment and learn basic digital video production skills within the context of contemporary art practices.  The composition, capturing and editing of moving imagery will be considered from formal, technical, and conceptual vantage points. Basic research areas include: pre-production, color manipulation, compositing, time remapping, optical experiments, motion control and audio production. We will investigate the theme of time (duration, slowness, speed, rhythm) and sound in narrative linear formats and work with applications such as Final Cut Pro 5, Photoshop CS 2, QuickTime, Soundtrack Pro, and DVD Studio Pro 4.  Class time will involve a combination of technical presentations, discussions on pertinent issues within the context of the medium, screenings and discussions on contemporary video, work time for projects, and the screening of class projects.

Open to Undergraduate ART, BFA-ART, BFA-ART ED, and BFA-DESIGN majors only.  All others, please contact instructors for permission.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

ART  297Q/597Q - ST-ANIMATION FNDMTLS   Cap 10

16898    MW 1:25PM - 4:10PM Fine Arts Center Rm 439 

Instructor: Patricia Galvis-Assmus

With studio. Introduction to methods and techniques of animation, as well as history of experimental film. Hands-on work with object, sand, line and clay animation, a-mong others. Basic audio and video skills. Students develop projects of their own design resulting in a fully edited videotape of their work.

Open to ART, BFA-ART, and BFA-DESIGN majors, or with instructor consent.

Pre Requisite: Art 271

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

ART  397J /697   ST-ANIMATION II     Cap 12

16868    MW 1:25PM - 4:10PM Fine Arts Center Rm 447

Instructor TBA

With studio. Continuation of ART 374 using Alias/Wavefront software. Class and personal projects undertaken.

Open to ART, BFA-ART, and BFA-DESIGN majors only.
Prerequisite: ART 374

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

ART  397L - 1   ST-DIGITAL MEDIA: STILL IMAGE               Cap 12

16974  TuTh 9:05AM - 11:50AM, Fine Arts Center rm 444   

Staff    

Open to ART, BFA-ART, and BFA-DESIGN majors only or with instructor consent.

 

ART  497Q - 1   ST-ADV PHOTO                           Cap 12

24711  MW 10:10AM - 1:10PM, Bartlett Hall room 51          

Susan Jahoda  

Open to ART, BFA-ART, BFA-ART ED & BFA-DESIGN majors only (any level) or by instructor permission.

Prerequisites:  ART 230, 231, and 397R (Photography III).

 

ART  697J - ST-COMP ANIMATION II   Cap 2

23601     MW 1:25PM - 4:10PM Fine Arts Center Rm 447

Instructor: Patricia Galvis-Assmus

With studio. Principles and applications of computer animation in film, video, music and technology. Introduction to 2-D and 3-D animation programs. Skills acquired in preparation for production in second semester. Emphasis on professionalism and quality. Prerequisite: Art 597Q or consent of instructor. Open to Masters Art majors only.

 

 

Commonwealth College

 

HONORS H13 - 1   HONORS COLLOQ- VIDEO DEAN'S BOOK    Cap 15

13670  W 10:10AM - 12:05PM, location TBA

Adrian D'Errico 

Contact Commonwealth College Office - 504 Goodell - to add course.
Students must be enrolled in HONORS 391D Section 22. This is the mandatory colloquium for HONORS 391D Section 22 which includes mandatory Saturday workshop dates, February 25th and March 11th, 11am to 4 pm at the UVC Studios in the Student Union. May 6th, 11am to 4pm in the Commonwealth College Lounge.

HONORS  391V - 1   S-DEAN'S BOOK – VIDEO   Cap 15

13661 W 10:10AM - 12:05PM, location TBA

Adrian D'Errico

This course will focus on the foundations of documentary film and how it relates to the topics harvested from David K. Shipler’s book The Working Poor: Invisible in America. More specifically, how one's “personal lens” affect deep reading of text and what topics are created in the process. Living in an age saturated with mass media, people have become primarily visual learners, absorbing information at a dizzying rate. Conversely, most people have not been taught to express their views in the format that dominates our cultural landscape. Well, here is your chance! We will work together in building the foundational knowledge, both in theory and production, necessary to give your visions life on the screen. Prerequisites: HONORS 291D or 291G

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

Communication

 

COMM 240 MODES OF FILM                  Cap 125

23662  TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM, location TBA                       

L01 Laboratory (23663) Tu 6:15PM - 9:15PM, Herter Hall room 231

Shawn Shimpach         

Lecture, lab (screening).  The nature and functions of film are discussed, including narrative and non-narrative approaches to film communication.  Topics will include: the components of film expression (composition, movement, editing, sound, directing, and acting); designs in screen narrative; film's relationship to other arts and media; and its role as an instrument of social reflection and change.   (Course capacity is 125)

Course Eligibility*: Junior & Sophomore COMM majors         

UMASS Film Certificate students contact Film Studies office to enroll.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  1

 

*COMM 296F  Indep Stu – Film Festival                Cap 100

11556  W 7:15PM - 10:45PM, School of Management rm 137           

Anne Ciecko

A one-credit pass/fail course in conjunction with the 2006 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. First class meeting is Wednesday 31 Jan in SOM 137. Requirements: Attendance at: Wed 31 Jan introductory session, Wed 9 May final class session and 6 screening events with completion of survey at the end of each event (including filmmaker discussions). Most events Wednesdays, 7:15-10:45 at UMass; some events at other Five College campuses. For course questions, contact Prof. Anne Ciecko, 413-545-6348; ciecko@comm.umass.edu. For more detailed information about the festival program, contact the Film Studies Office, 129 Herter Annex, tel: 413-545-3659; film@hfa.umass.edu.

*Does not count toward 5C Film Studies Major or UMASS Film Certificate requirements.

 

COMM 331:  PROGRAM PROCESS IN TELEVISION                          Cap 36

11559  W 10:10AM - 11:00AM, location TBA            David Maxcy

11802  M 1:25PM - 4:25PM, South College room 120           Staff

11805  W 1:25PM - 4:25PM   South College room 120           Staff

11808  F 9:05AM - 12:05PM South College room 120            Staff

Course Director:  David Maxcy, 120 South College

Lecture, studio. Introduction to concepts and techniques of television production, through lectures, lab exercises, and guided production projects.   All 3 sections will meet together once a week for a 50-minute lecture with the course director.    Each section will then meet once a week for a 3-hour lab session.  (Course capacity is 12 X 3 labs = 36 Total)

Course Eligibility*:  Senior, Junior & Sophomore COMM majors

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  8

 

COMM 342:  HISTORY OF FILM II                                             Cap 125

11562  Tu 2:30PM - 3:45PM   Thompson Hall room 102

D1 Discussion (11838) W 10:10AM - 11:00AM          South College room 108           Staff

D2 Discussion (11568) W 11:15AM - 12:05PM          South College room 108           Staff

D3 Discussion (11571) W 12:20PM - 1:10PM             South College room 108           Staff D4 Discussion (11574) W 1:25PM - 2:15PM        South College room 108           Staff

Norden  409 Machmer

Lecture, lab (screening), discussions.  A survey of key events and representative films that mark the history of worldwide cinema since 1950.  In addition to identifying and providing access to major works, the course is designed to facilitate the study of the various influences -- industrial, technological, aesthetic, social, cultural, and political -- that have shaped the evolution of the medium.  (Course capacity is 25 X 5 disc = 125 total

Course Eligibility*:  Senior and Junior COMM majors; OR any student who has taken COMM 240, COMM 340 or COMM 397T.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  2

 

COMM 397QQ SPECIAL TOPIC- REALITY ON SCREEN       Cap 43

24137  TuTh 11:15AM - 12:30PM, location TBA       

L01 Laboratory (24175) W 6:00PM - 8:00PM, location TBA

Shawn Shimpach         

Lecture, Lab (screening), discussion. This course will explore the complex relationship between moving images and ideas of the real in both movies and television.  It will explore theories of representation, surveillance, authenticity, truth, and realism in this context.  From the earliest "actuality" films to the recent phenomenon of reality television programming, it will ask in what way screen images capture what is "really" happening in front of the camera and how conventions of representation, genre, and narrative mediate the reality of these images.  More significantly, it will inquire into why such questions matter.  At issue is the role that moving images, mechanically and electronically reproduced, have in our understanding of the world as it is and ourselves as we experience it.  (Course capacity is 43)

Course Eligibility*: Senior & Junior COMM majors

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

COMM 397T:  SPECIAL TOPIC-CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA  Cap 150

1 Lecture (11595) MW 3:35PM - 5:30PM      Herter Hall room 227

Ciecko  306 Machmer

Lecture.  This course will offer an overview of recent narrative feature filmmaking from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and indigenous/diasporic cinemas in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.  The central critical questions considered will include the following:  What is the history and current status of feature filmmaking in a specific country?  What social-political-economic circumstances impact the production, exhibition, and marketing/distribution of films?  When and why are films deemed “art,” and when are they considered entertainment for the masses?  What are the ways in which contemporary films construct images of a nation and its cultures?  How can we describe the visual style and technical elements of film?  What kinds of representations are used, and how are the stories told?  What sorts of languages are used?  What kinds of cultural and linguistic exchanges occur within and between films?  Who do these films reach and how are they received by different audiences—the local and international market for popular films, the arthouse and film festival circuit, the video store?  How do film stars, auteurs, and genres emerge?  (Course capacity is 150)

Course Eligibility*:  Any student

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

COMM 433:  ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION/DIRECTION         Cap 10

1 Lecture (11652) Tu 11:15AM - 3:15PM       Herter TV Studio

Maxcy  120 South College

Lecture, Studio.   Intensive workshop course in advanced concepts and techniques of studio-based television production, with a focus on the direction of live programs.    Under the super¬vision of the instructor, each student will produce and direct 2 studio projects which will be aired live on HSCN Channel 15.  (Course capacity is 10)

Course Eligibility*:    Any Student

Course Prerequisite:  COMM 331

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  8

 

COMM 441:  PRINCIPLES & TECHNIQUES OF FILM-STYLE PRODUCTION

1 Lecture (11799)  W 2:30PM - 6:30PM, location TBA

Geisler  411 Machmer                          Cap 12

Lecture, studio.  A hands-on introduction to single-camera filmmaking using digital video camcorders (electronic field production) and non-linear editing.  Students will learn concepts of pre-production, shot composition, lighting, visual storytelling, continuity editing, and production & post production audio as they plan, shoot and edit exercises and complete projects.  A "real world" editing project (scenes from an episode of "Highlander") will also be included.  (Course capacity is 12)

Course Eligibility*:  Senior & Junior COMM majors.

Course Prerequisites:  COMM 297D/231 or COMM 331 or permission of instructor/application process.

Course Notes:  Junior and Senior COMM majors who have completed either COMM 297D/231 or COMM 331 may add this course through Spire.   Others may add only by permission of the instructor.  Students who do not meet the prerequisites for this class may fill out an application available from the instructor (Office:  411 Machmer).

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  8

 

COMM 493E:   SEMINAR-SCREENWRITING                          Cap 20

1 Seminar (11655) TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM South College room 108

Norden  409 Machmer

Lecture, discussion.  An examination of the art, craft, and business of screenwriting from theo¬retical and practical perspectives.  Topics included: the nature of screenplay formats and struc¬tures; creation and de¬velopment of premise, plot, character, and action; scene writing; adap¬ta¬tion issues; place of the screenwriter in the collaborative process of filmmak¬ing; and marketing strate¬gies.  The focus will be on scriptwriting for storytelling movies and, to a limited extent, TV programs.  In-class activities will include exercises in visual thinking, scene analyses, and staged readings.  Written work will in¬clude several screenwriting projects.  (Course capacity is 20)

Course Eligibility*:  Senior & Junior COMM majors

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

COMM 493F:  SEMINAR-FILM DOCUMENTARY                   Cap 20

1 Seminar (11847) TuTh 2:30PM - 4:30PM     South College room 108

Geisler  411 Machmer

Lecture, discussion.  This course combines critical analysis with a hands-on introduction to pro¬ducing a documentary.  Students will view, analyze, and critique all or part of fifteen works by filmmakers from Robert Flaherty ("Nanook of the North") to Morgan Spurlock ("Supersize Me"), to further their understanding of the documentarian's craft and art.  Students will also do pre-production (research and scripting) on their own short documentary, along with shorter hands-on exercises in writing narration, interview techniques, use of archival sources, etc.  (Course capacity is 20)

Course Prerequi¬site:  COMM 240 or COMM 297D/231 or COMM 340 or COMM 342 or COMM 493E or consent of instructor.

Course Eligibility*:  Senior & Junior COMM majors

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

COMM 497N:  SPECIAL TOPIC–ASIAN POPULAR CINEMA            Cap 10

1 Lecture (23673)  M 6:30PM - 10:15PM       South College room 108

Ciecko 306 Machmer

Lecture, discussion, screening.  This course studies popular cinema from Asia and the Asian diasporas, with a special emphasis on questions of genre and gender. Focusing primarily on spe¬cific contextual issues of production, exhibition, distribution, and reception, our study of narrative fiction feature films will be comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary. Film genres to be considered include the following: historical epic/biopic; musicals (including Hindi “masala” movies), comedy, melodrama, romance, martial arts/ swordplay/ samurai films, horror and thriller, sci-fi and fantasy (especially Japanese anime), urban gangster/action films, and “exploi¬tation” genres. Critical and theoretical course readings from film studies and cultural studies will likely deal with questions of the national, transnational, and global; audience/reception studies; stardom and fan culture; feminism, gender studies, and queer theory; genre studies; auteur theory; Asia/Pacific/America studies; postcolonialism and issues of “hybridity”; theories of glob¬alization and diaspora.   (Course capacity is 10)

Course Eligibility*:  Senior and Junior COMM majors or permission of instructor is required. 

Course Notes:  There are no specific prerequisites but some background in film studies and/or cultural theory is recommended.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

COMM 499D:  CAPSTONE COURSE-PART2 – LATINOS IN HOLLYWOOD

1 Lecture (23918) W 9:05AM - 12:05PM, location TBA

Castaneda, 411 Machmer                                 Cap 12

Lecture, discussion.  This course is the second part of the year-long capstone course.  We will continue to examine the role of Latinos and Latino cinema in and outside of Hollywood.  Students will work closely with the professor and as a class in order to complete the Honors Thesis requirement for Commonwealth College.  (Course capacity is 12)

Prerequisite(s):  COMM 499C

Course Notes*:  Only students enrolled in COMM 499C-Capstone Course-Part I in Fall 2006 may register.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

COMM 593D: SEMINAR-ADVANCED SCREENWRITING                Cap 20

11967  TuTh 11:15AM-12:30PM, South College 108

Geisler  411 Machmer

Lecture, discussion.  Building upon the concepts learned in the introductory course (COMM 493E - Screenwriting Seminar), this class will involve an intensive workshop environment where stu¬dents receive continuing, in-depth feedback on their work in progress, as they strive for profes¬sional competence in feature-length theatrical screenwriting or writing for episodic television.  Two professional screenplays and the films or TV shows produced from them will also be analyzed as stu¬dents delve deeper into the writer's art and craft.  Students will complete either 60 pages of a feature length motion picture screenplay or a complete episode for an existing dramatic TV show, or two episodes for a current sitcom.  (Course capacity is 20)

Course Eligibility*:  Senior & Junior COMM majors

Course prerequisite:  COMM 493E or another college-level screenwriting course or permission of the instructor.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

Comparative Literature

 

COMP-LIT  383 - NARRATIVE AVANT-GARDE FILM   Cap 124

20521  M 3:35PM - 7:00PM Herter Hall Rm 231 Instructor: Don Levine (Lecture)

20522  Tu 2:30PM - 3:45PM Instructor/location TBA (Discussion)

20523  Tu 2:30PM - 3:45PM Instructor/location TBA (Discussion)

20524  Tu 4:00PM - 5:15PM Instructor/location TBA (Discussion)

20525  Tu 7:00PM - 8:15PM Instructor/location TBA (Discussion)

Lecture, discussion.  Explores modern origin of experimentation in film in avant-garde modes such as Expressionism, Surrealism and contemporary results of this heritage to determine if film is the most resolutely modern of the media.  Emphasis on the ways in which Avant-garde films can  problematize themselves through the ploys of telling a story.  By means of a self-consciousness of story-telling which undermines viewer identification, the drive for closure, the demand for origins and order, and even cause and effect, these avant-garde films restore to playfulness its strength and ambiguity.  Requirements: one 5 page paper for midterm, final paper or project; attendance.

(Gen.Ed. AT)

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

COMPLIT 383H  NARRATIVE AVANT-GARDE FILM

(AT) Levine, 328 Herter Hall

23628  Lec. M 3:35-7:00 (meets with CL383 and 499D), Herter 231

23629  Dis. 1 TuTh 2:30-4:30 (meets with CL 499D), location TBA

23630  Dis 2  TuTh 2:30-4:30 (meets with CL 499D), location TBA

See above for general course description.  Students in COMLIT 383H may also register for COMLIT H01, a one-credit, optional, hands-on component.  The purpose is to investigate aspects of film (such as shot formation, camera movement, editing approaches).  Students will collaboratively explore a range of expressive possibilities on video.  Working in groups of four, students will alternate roles of creator/writer, camera-person, editor, etc., in constructing brief scenes.  No experience necessary

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

COMP-LIT  391I - S-SPIRITUAL CINEMA EAST/WEST           Cap 30

20536   M 7:00PM - 10:00PM TBA Laszlo Dienes (Lecture)

23371   Tu 2:30PM - 3:45PM TBA Laszlo Dienes (Discusión

Lecture, discussion.  An  introduction to spiritual cinema, its themes and characteristics, from early to modern masters.  In the context of a brief look at the cinematic achievements of such filmmakers as Bergman, Bresson, Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Pasolini, Fellini and others and their philosophy of film as a spiritual art.  We will focus on the art and times of the Russian film director, Andrey Tarkovsky.  Of interest to students in Comparative Literature, Film, English, Art, Philosophy, History, Religion, and Russian Studies.  No prerequisites, other than an open mind and a genuine interest in filmmaking that is unlike any other.  No prior familiarity with the work of these directors is assumed.  OIT computer account is required.  A significant portion of the course will use resources on the Web; students will be expected to do some of the coursework electronically. 

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

COMPLIT 695C FASSBINDER/GODARD:  MELODRAMA                Cap 15

Levine, 328 Herter Hall

20527  W 2:30-6:30, location TBA                             

Lecture. What were Godard's early films for Fassbinder? Instead of rejecting the most influential avant-garde film maker of the sixties, Fassbinder adopted Godard as father. Yet this fathering was a highly selective progeneration. What does the juxtaposition of these film makers reveal and conceal - and not only about Fassbinder's films, since we cannot now see those of Godard without having our  past  viewings of Fassbinder films in our heads.  Fassbinder sets us on track with two remarks: "Godard believes that film is the truth 24 frames per second, while I believe film is the lie 25 frames per second," and "Both Godard and I despise our characters." The course will raise theoretical issues of spectatorship, tone (irony, distanciation, citation) gender, genre, while being firmly grounded in the formal analysis of filmic text; the construction of the filmic text and its "meaning," and the destruction of subject by means of abyssal structures (mises-en-abyme, structural or metaphoric infinite regresses); Fassbinder's ideological fatigue and complex sexual politics, Godard's political innocence (which is not the same as naiveté), his cinematic energy amidst his films' increasing cultural despair. Pre-requisites: familiarity with film theory and discourse, preferably by at least two courses in film analysis.  Course meets as intensive seminar, once a  week for 4  hours.  Films selected from: Why Does Herr R. Run Amok and Breathless; American Soldier and Les Carabiniers; The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant and  Une Femme Mariée; Effie Briest & Vivre sa Vie; Beware of the Holy Whore and Contempt.

Undergrads with prior film course experience may register with instructor permission.

 

English

*ENGLISH  298C  Practicum-World Cinema    Cap 35

23915  W 6:30PM - 9:00PM, location TBA

Kirby Farrell

1-credit pass/fail practicum.  Description TBA.

*Does not count toward 5C Film Studies Major or UMASS Film Certificate requirements.

 

French

 

FRENCHST  353 – FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN FILM   Cap 60

24391   Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM Instructor: Patrick Mensah (Lecture)

24392   Th 1:00PM - 2:15PM Instructor: Patrick Mensah (Discussion)

24393   Th 2:30PM - 3:45PM Instructor: Patrick Mensah (Discussion)

Histories and development of African Francophone and Caribbean film, from its inception to the present day. The sociocultural, economic, and political forces and imperatives defining its forms and directions. Questions this work raises in film aesthetics and theory as a whole. Screenings and analysis of films by Sembene, Achkar, KaborE, Mweze, CissE, Drabo, Bekolo, Teno, Peck, Palcy, Lara, Haas, and others. Taught in English.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

German

 

GERMAN  304 - FROM BERLIN TO HOLLYWOOD   Cap 35

23619   TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM, location TBA

23620   W 6:00PM - 8:30PM, location TBA

Instructor: Tobias Nagl (Lecture, lab)

A survey of prewar German cinema, including works of great directors who emigrated to the U.S., such as Lang, Murnau, and Lubitsch, followed by the Nazi cinema, post-war cinema in both German states, and in the international media context since German reunification.  Conducted in English. (Gen.Ed. AT)

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

Italian

 

ITALIAN  350 - ITALIAN FILM   Cap 150

21230   Tu 6:00PM - 9:00PM Herter Hall Rm 227

Instructor: Jennifer Stone

Course taught in English. Re-examines Italian neo-realism and the filmmakers? project of social reconstruction after Fascism. How Italian film produces meanings and pleasures through semiotics and psychoanalysis, so as to understand the specific features of Italian cinema, its cultural politics, and the Italian contribution to filmmaking and formal aesthetics. Course taught in English.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

ITALIAN  491A - 1   AUTEUR AND FILM THEORY   Cap 50

21253   Tu 2:30PM - 5:30PM Herter Hall room 227

Jennifer Stone

Course taught in English.  To interpret contemporary film, the history of film theory is a precondition as is a survey of the institution of cinema in Europe and Hollywood: our overview includes silent film from Russia, Germany, and France and the inventions of Italian neorealism (from 1943 onwards) and its formative influence on Godard and the French New Wave. Includes exceptional formal contributions in contemporary film aesthetics.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

Japanese

JAPANESE  197N ST-ASIAN HOMOSEXUALITIES IN FILM & LIT   Cap 50

23976   TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM, location TBA

Stephen Miller

Description TBA.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

Journalism

           

JOURNAL  397L - ST-DOCUMENTARY TRADITION IN LIT & FILM   Cap 30

21282    M 2:30PM - 6:00PM, location TBA

Instructor: Madeleine Blais

This course offers an in depth exploration of the artistic and journalistic impulse to capture in words and images what the Irish call the “music of what happens.”  Sample pairings include Harvest of Shame shown in conjunction with the John Steinbeck novel, Grapes of Wrath, Capturing the Friedmans with the Susan Orlean essay, “Seriously Silly”, Dead Man Walking with Norman Mailer’s great work of literary nonfiction, The Executioner’s Song.  We will examine the strengths and weaknesses of varying approaches to what amounts to the same material, with a special emphasis on how the author/director honors truth and fact simultaneously.

Open to Senior, Junior and Sophomore Journalism majors only.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

Judaic

 

*JUDAIC  392O S-JEWISH THEATRE AND FILM  Cap 20

13796   Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM Tobin Hall room 204 Olga Gershenson

This course tells a cultural history of Jewish theatre and Jewish film.  The topics include:  performativity in Jewish ritual; Jewish drama, characters, audiences; theatre- and film-makers.  The focus is on issues of cultural, national, and religious identity.  All readings and film excerpts are in English. 

*5College Film Studies Major and UMASS Film Certificate component course only.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

Portuguese

 

PORTUG  408 - 1   BRAZIL IN FILM&FICTN   Cap 15

24325   MW 4:00PM - 6:30PM, location TBA

Daphne Patai

Description TBA.

Fulfills 5 College Film Studies Major Requirement:  TBA

 

PORTUG  697A - 1   ST-BRAZIL IN FILM & FICTION   Cap 15

24542    MW 4:00PM - 6:30PM, location TBA

Daphne Patai

Description TBA.