Films of Kathryn Bigelow
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3044
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
Explores the major works by American film director, Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow’s films concern themselves with protagonists situated between the violent needs of a larger community and their humanity and compassion as individuals. A versatile director, her character studies take place within a variety of genres: vampire, Westerns, police dramas, science fiction, and the contemporary war film. In 2010 Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director, an honor that both burdens and bolsters her legacy as an American filmmaker. Her body of work presents a study of cinematic genres, representations of controversial topical issues, and gender politics within Hollywood. Students are expected to watch (and write about) one film each week outside of class: Near Dark (1987), Blue Steel (1989), Strange Days (1995), The Hurt Locker (2009), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Class readings will include contemporary reviews, and essays by film historians and scholars. This is one of three five-week courses on cinema auteurs that complement each other when taken sequentially.
Course Open to: Degree Students