Studies in Film

Our primary work will involve close reading and discussion of films from the era many have said is the richest in movie history. We’ll talk about theme and technique, actors and directors, and study some clips shot by shot in class. We’ll pay special attention to the ways in which the central films of that time are shaped by competition from a now-mature TV system and by the social and political turbulence of the era – the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, Watergate.

The syllabus will include, among other titles, Annie Hall, Chinatown, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, The Godfather, Mean Streets, Nashville, The Parallax View. Weekly assignments will also include brief readings in social and movie history.

Registered students will have on-demand access to a course server that contains our required films. There will be no public screenings.