Film Theory and Philosophy
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3493
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
- Media Studies
This course is an in-depth introduction to canonical works of classical and contemporary film theory, from Sergei Eisenstein’s theory of montage to Andre Bazin’s ontological claims about the basis of cinematographic image to the psychoanalytical-structuralist model of spectatorship proposed by Christian Metz, Laura Mulvey, and others. Close reading of key texts is supplemented by material that helps students understand the broader intellectual currents from which these writings emerged, such as postwar European philosophy (phenomenololgy and existentialism) and the structuralist turn in French thought during the 1960s. Screenings complement the course readings.