The "Hollywood" Musical|
The musical genre, born in the Hollywood studio system and taken up by filmmakers around the world, has been a wellspring of cinematic invention for nearly a century. We will trace the history of the form and examine specific approaches to the genre (Busby Berkeley, Astaire/Rogers, Freed Unit etc.). Through the musical, we will consider: the relationship of emotion to form in cinema; how filmmakers control audience perception of the cinematic world; the interplay between story and spectacle; popular film's personal and communal address; the potential for abstract experimentation in studio films; and the complexity and value of entertainment. We will study the contributions of individual stars, producers, directors, composers, and art directors and consider how different filmmakers define the genre. Songs will get stuck in your head.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: FILM304 AND FILM307
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Basinger, THE MOVIE MUSICAL 9781101874066
Additional Articles and Essays provided by professor
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short analytical paper, Two longer essays, Group Presentation
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Prerequisite: FILM 307 The Language of Hollywood. This class is designed for juniors and seniors with serious interest in film. Because of limited enrollment, interested students must submit a writing sample, see below for further details.
POI Writing Samples are Due by 5:00 PM on Monday November 9
Enrollment decisions will be announced on Sunday November 15
Please send a Film Analysis Paper that you've written for a film class as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The paper can be for any film class, and it should feature a detailed discussion of film form.
|Instructor(s): Higgins,Scott Times: .M..... 01:20PM-04:40PM; ...W... 01:20PM-04:40PM; Location: NO ROOM; CFS100; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 8
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