The Art of Film
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3411
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Film & Video Production
Description:
Lays the foundation for understanding the practical techniques, specialized language, and unique aesthetics of motion pictures. A consideration of the expressive range of cinematic language and the ways in which complex emotions and ideas are communicated to the viewer. Students analyze the basic elements of cinematic form as seen through essential properties of the medium including editing, cinematography, production design, and sound design and gain an appreciation of film history and for the impact of culture and technology on the development of the cinema. The filmmaking process and the impact of the “industry” on this collaborative art are also studied. While the work of the director is only one aspect studied, we discuss various films by directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, Jane Campion, Werner Herzog, Alfred Hitchock, Orson Welles, Wong Kar-Wai, Yasujiro Ozu, Ingmar Bergman, Pedro Almodóvar, and Michelangelo Antonioni among many others. Supplemented by readings, students acquire a general familiarity with the range of cinematic expression and become better prepared to form surer and sounder judgments about our own film experiences and to speak and write about those judgments with greater clarity and skill.
Course Open to: Degree Students