A History of Film Criticism

Term: Spring 2012

Subject Code: GLIB

Course Number: 5822

This course examines the history of film criticism from its beginnings until today, tracking critical developments both inside and outside the academy, for example, formalism, psychoanalysis, feminism and auteur theory. We also follow the careers of leading film critics, including Sergei Eisenstein, Otis Ferguson, Siegfried Kracauer, André Bazin, Manny Farber, Pauline Kael, and Andrew Sarris. Finally, we give considerable attention to the state of film criticism today and the different forms it is taking, such as blogging and internet journals and magazines. The course is co-taught by Dennis Lim, a film critic at The New York Times, founding editor of Moving Image Source, former film editor at the Village Voice, and a member of the National Society for Film Critics. 

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