ENGL329P - Special Topics in Film Studies; Films of Martin Scorsese

Few film directors have been as prolific or as varied in their output as Martin Scorsese, whose career encompasses genres ranging from documentary to comedy, from biopic to musical, from gangster film to Biblical epic.  This course examines the visual style and worldview developed in Scorsese’s films and situates his work in its historical and cultural contexts.  Topics to be discussed include formative influences on Scorsese’s career; issues of masculinity and violence; collaborations with actors; technical experimentation; remakes and pastiche; the development of the Scorsese “brand” across different media platforms. Course requirements: midterm exam, final exam, presentation, three short (5 pp.) papers.