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Issues in Media, Literature, and the Arts
film Posters

General InformationWeekly Syllabus
I. Your Instructors Week 1 - The Psychological Experience of Watching Films / The Impact of Films on Society
"It's Only a Movie! It's Only a Movie" - The fall and rise of the undershirt industry in America
II. General Course Information Week 2 - Pictorial Composition (Shots and Angles)
Look up to someone, look down on someone, in someone's face, and other important psychological cliches.
III. Course Objectives and Written Requirements Week 3 - No Class, Readings Still Required
IV. Course Components Week 4 - The Graduate (1967)
"I'd love to change the world/but I don't know what to do./So I'll leave it up to you."
V. Grading Procedure Week 5 - Mise-En-Scene / Movement
"Everything Old is New Again" - The rules of film composition and Renaissance art
VI. About the Instructors Week 6 - La Dolce Vita (1960)
"I feel that decadence is indispensable to rebirth."
Week 7 - Editing
Appealing to the "lizard brain"
Week 8 - Z (1969)
The development of editing style in relationship to Communist and Nazi propaganda and American TV Advertising
Week 9 - Lighting
"Through a Glass Darkly" - The rules of film lighting and art
Week 10 - Blow-up (1966)
From "Mod" to "Austin Powers", a cultural dead end.
Week 11 - The Screenplay
"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below" - Comparison of film and theater dialogue and comparison of film and the novel
Week 12 - The Age of Innocence (1993)
"Look let's face it, the cinema - the classical cinema - is gone."
Week 13 - The Director
"There but for the grace of God, goes God" - Comparison of stage, film, and television directing with a focus on Director as auteur
Week 14 - A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Sex, Drugs, Ultra-Violence, Ludwig Von and you.
Week 15 - Cabaret (1972)
"Movies Are Better Than the Stage"

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