Movements in World Cinema: 1960s-Present
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 2501
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Global Studies
Description:
This course surveys the key cultural and technological developments in cinema of the last 50 years, from the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) in the sixties to the rise of digital cinema at the end of the 20th century. Although the class considers a variety of industry practices, including the evolution of American cinema from classical to new Hollywood films, the emphasis is on the alternative film tradition that runs parallel to Hollywood, including neorealism (with its use of locations and amateurs and its hybrid of fiction and documentary), the rise of the notion of the "auteur" and the idea of film as a form of individual expression, "art cinema" and other modernist practices, new modes of political cinema, and alternative uses of the medium of digital video. This semester, a special unit on Japanese New Wave and contemporary Japanese cinema will correspond with the program A Tribute to Donald Richie Part 2 presented by the Japan Society in March. Students will have an opportunity to view rare prints presented by guest curators, scholars, and filmmakers in attendance.
Course Open to: Degree Students