Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:15 PM

Lab: Wednesday 4:00-6:00 PM

Professor: Sreyoshi Sarkar

In this course, we will learn how to analyze films as cultural texts. We will engage with commercial cinema, art films, and documentaries from India, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Japan, the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, in order to study: 

  • How the technical aspects of film making, e.g., camera angles, color, sound, music, lighting, spatial organization, and editing, work with the basic plotline and genre of the film to narrate a complex story. 
  • Key traditions and movements in film history; important film industries around the world and how they represent the nation. 
  • How to deep read and write about films as creative-critical responses that complicate and challenge ideologies of nationhood, gender politics, and environmental violence. 

We will also look at audience reception, film theory, and the financial aspects of film making – publicity, distribution, and collection at the box office – for a more nuanced understanding of films as material-cultural texts that circulate across the world in different ways. Assignments will include short response papers, group presentations, and one research paper, as well as other in-class discussion and writing activities.