Movements in World Cinema Part 1: The Emergence of an Art Form
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 2500
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
Like film theory, film history embraces many perspectives. Like all art forms, motion pictures are influenced by a number of factors: aesthetic, technological, economic, social, political. Part 1 of this two-part course is an overview of the major events and movements in world cinema from film's beginnings to the 1960s. Does the cinematic point of view shape one's perspective on history? Can film be used effectively to promote dialogue, discourse, and intercultural awareness? When is film effective as social commentary? What impact does the globalization of society today have on cinematic representation? We study selected films about American society before, during, and after slavery; films about postcolonial Africa and Asia; and pre-Marxist films from Latin America. Excerpts and full-length films are viewed and discussed. Students are required to view some films outside of class.
Course Open to: Degree Students