The Art of Film
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3411
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
A range of practical and theoretical issues related to film aesthetics are explored as we study the many ways directors combine the elements of film to produce expressive and singular works of art, striving to create the perfect balance or integration of form and content. The class considers the essential properties of the medium--mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound--as exemplified in selected motion pictures. Filmmakers discussed include Atom Egoyan, Robert Bresson, Fernando Meirelles, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Alfred Hitchcock, Abbas Kiarostami, Terrence Malick, Orson Welles, and Wong Kar-Wai. This course is ideal both for students who wish to learn how to analyze cinematic texts and for production-oriented students taking Filmmaking Studio or related courses. Students are required to view some films outside of class.