CMLT498F - Selected Topics in Comparative Studies: The Americas in Film

“The Americas in Film:” an examination of the concept of “American” cinema through critical analysis of selected  feature-length films. Topics such as genre (the Western, the musical), the symbol of the American Indian, cultural expression of family and race, transnational border crossing, masculinity and violence, law-and-order are explored from a comparative perspective in lectures and discussion. Students will become critical film viewers. In several short papers, the student will focus on the specificity of film as a medium analyzing basic techniques such as lighting, editing, camera, etc. In a longer paper or visual artifact, students analyze how filmic materials are organized into systems which reflect themes of production, audience, cultural contexts, and narrative properties.

Also offered as ENGL468F. Credit will be granted for CMLT498F or ENGL468F.