Melodrama and the Woman's Picture|
Fall 2020 not offered
Within film history and criticism, the usage of the term "melodrama" has changed over time, as has the presumed audience for the genre. This course will investigate the various ways in which melodrama and the woman's picture have been understood, beginning in the silent period; ranging through the 1930s, '40s, and '50s; and culminating in contemporary global cinema. We will pay particular attention to issues of narrative construction and visual style as they illuminate or complicate various analytical approaches to melodrama. Screenings include films directed by D. W. Griffith, Evgenii Bauer, John Stahl, Frank Borzage, King Vidor, Douglas Sirk, Vincente Minnelli, Max Ophuls, Kenji Mizoguchi, Kim Ki-young, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodovar, Lars von Trier, Farah Khan, and Luca Guadagnino, among others.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: FILM304 OR FILM307
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
Christine Gledhill, HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Ben Singer, MELODRAMA AND MODERNITY
Ben Brewster and Lea Jacobs, THEATRE TO CINEMA
Reading packet (available on course Moodle)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assessment in the class will be based on attendance and participation in discussion, in-class exercises, a take home exam, a group presentation, and a creative analytical paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance at all screenings and classes is mandatory. Students interested in the course should contact the professor ASAP during the spring semester and submit an electronic POI to the instructor.
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