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21L.011 The Film Experience David Thorburn T 3:30 - 5:00 3-270
Screening T 7:00 - 10:00 PM 3-270
Recitation 1 TR 3:00 - 4:00 1-273
Recitation 2 TR 3:00 - 4:00 1-277
Recitation 3 TR 4:00 - 5:00 1-273
Recitation 4 TR 4:00 - 5:00 1-277

Prereq: none
3-3-6 HASS-A, CI-H
Topics: Film

This course is an introductory survey of classic films. Emphasis falls equally on cultural and on artistic matters: on films as anthropological and historical artifacts that articulate the values and assumptions of particular societies and eras and on films as works of art.  The course aims to sharpen students’ analytic skills, to give them a sense of the history and cultural significance of movies, and to improve their writing.

Format: Two lectures (Tuesdays 3:30-5 and 7-7:30) and one recitation section each week (Thursdays 3-4 or 4-5 pm).  A screening of the required film(s) will follow the Tuesday evening lecture.

Writing requirements: The course satisfies the criteria for communication intensive subjects in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Students are required to write a short (1-2 page) exercise in close reading of a scene or scenes from the silent shorts shown in the first weeks and two essays, totaling a minimum of 20 double-spaced typed pages, devoted to films studied during the term.

Exams: Three open-book take-home exams – the rough equivalent of problem sets – during the semester and a three-hour final during the exam period.


21L.433 Film Styles and Genres: Hollywood Renaissance - American Film in the 1970s David Thorburn TR 12:30 - 2:00 5-234

Prereq: 21L.011 or permission of instructor
3-0-9 HASS-H; Can be repeated for credit
Topics: Film

A close study of landmark films of the late 1960s and 70s when a new generation of actors and directors transformed American movies. Syllabus will include such films as Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Five Easy Pieces, The Godfather, Nashville, Mean Streets, Chinatown, Cabaret, Annie Hall.

Students will write three short essays centered on our primary films, actors or directors and will be responsible for two or three oral reports.

Prerequisite: 21L.011 or permission of the instructor.