History of Film 2
This two-part course provides a selective survey of major developments in the history of the narrative fiction film. It is not a comprehensive historical overview, but rather a chronological sampling of important films, themes, and issues. Throughout the semester, our main objective will be the identification and analysis of the basic elements of film style, including editing, staging in depth, camera movement, lighting, and sound design. These will be studied alongside fundamental features of story structure. As we delve into stylistic and structural issues, we will also be considering the relevance of time and place. More specifically, we will examine how a cinematic aesthetic can be shaped by local, national, and global concerns. This course covers both the classical Hollywood model of narrative cinema and the alternatives developed in various "independent," "national," and "art house" cinemas. Filmmakers whose work will be screened in class include Michelangelo Antonioni, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Akira Kurosawa, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ousmane Sembene, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Note: students are not expected to have completed History of Film 1 in order to enroll.