Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:15 PM

Section 2 Lab: Wednesday 4:00-6:00 PM

Professor: JoAnne Ruvoli

Some films have an immediate impact while others develop an audience over time. How and why do some films speak to a specific audience? Is it the craft, the content or the context? This class is an introduction to critical viewing and analysis of films.  You will develop a working vocabulary of terms that allows you to analyze, discuss, and write about various aspects of film, including technical matters (types of shots, sound, lighting, narrative structures) and more theoretical issues, including the relationships between films, their audiences, and their cultural contexts.  We will explore the fundamentals of how film as an art form communicates meaning, particularly how story and film style combine to convey ideas and move us emotionally.  We will raise questions about how films influence us, and how we, as the intended audience, shape them.  We will discuss how films reaffirm and also challenge our values.  You should emerge from this class better prepared to watch films carefully, critically, even skeptically, and to write and talk about your responses to them. Weekly films, weekly readings about the films we screen and film elements, weekly Blackboard assignments, one paper, several presentations, midterm and final exams. Texts: Bordwell and Thompson’s Film Art: An Introduction and Geiger and Rutsky’s Film Analysis: a Norton Reader