Between Marx and Coca-Cola: European Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s|
In the 1960s and early 1970s, a growing sense of alienation and social unrest spread across Europe, making their marks in both society and cinema. Borrowing the words of New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, these years led to the emergence of "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola." This course, taught in English, will introduce students to a multi-faceted portrait of Europe in the 1960s and 70s through avant-garde and popular cinema from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Eastern Europe. We will focus on films that depict global capitalism, gender relations, and government control. Some of the themes we will discuss include the critique of consumerism and materialism, the changing role of women in society, life under socialism and dictatorship, and youth counterculture. Last but not least, students will learn how New Wave directors challenged traditional approaches to narrative cinema.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selected critical readings, which will be posted on Moodle. Students must have access to the readings when in class, whether in electronic form or printed.
Fellini DOLCE VITA
Antonioni, RED DESERT
Vesely, THE BREAD OF THOSE EARLY YEARS
Wolf, DIVIDED HEAVEN
Forman, LOVE OF A BLOND
Kluge, YESTERDAY GIRL
Godard, MASCULIN, FÉMININ
Truffaut, STOLEN KISSES
Buńuel, BELLE DU JOUR
Fassbinder, ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL
Saura, DEPRISA DEPRISA
Edel, CHRISTIANE F
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly responses to be posted via Moodle. Two short essays (3-4 pages), including their drafts, and one final, longer essay (7-10 pages), which will require (at least one) draft.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All films will have English subtitles. Students should expect to watch one or two films and to read around 30 pages per week. Students must see the films in advance of the course meetings in which they will be discussed. There will be two screenings scheduled weekly: students only need to attend one (the second is for convenience and scheduling.)
This class will be graded on a pass/no pass basis and students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade of C+ (78.5) in order to pass the course. Students will receive letter grades on all assignments and, while invited to office hours at any time, will also be required to meet with the instructor once around mid-term to discuss progress in the course. In lieu of a final grade, students will receive written comments available also to her/his adviser; the instructor hopes the comments will serve as the basis for a conversation about intellectual growth and curiosity, objectives, and skills and their assessment.
|Instructor(s): Bach,Ulrich Times: .M.W... 07:10PM-08:30PM; Location: FISK210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|