American Cinema (Spring 2012)

American Cinema (Spring 2012)

Study of selected topics in United States film.

“The student will learn the three major critical methods applied to the American cinema: genre study, the auteur “theory,” and the star “system.” We will begin with the film noir, director Howard Hawks and actor Humphrey Bogart, and then, during the second half of the semester, turn our attention to the melodrama, director Douglas Sirk, and actress Lana Turner.

Our focus will shift back and forth from the primary texts (the films themselves) to the writings on them. The latter will eventually lead us into considerations of feminism, Marxism, structuralism and semiotics.”



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