Melodrama and the Woman's Picture|
Spring 2009 not offered
Within film 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 Hollywood melodrama and its audience have been understood, beginning in the silent period, ranging through the woman's picture of the '30s and '40s to domestic melodramas of the '50s, and culminating in contemporary cinema. We will pay particular attention to the problems of narrative construction and visual style as they relate to different definitions of melodrama. Screenings include films directed by D. W. Griffith, Evgenii Bauer, John Stahl, Frank Borzage, King Vidor, Douglas Sirk, Vincente Minnelli, Max Ophuls, Nicholas Ray, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lars von Trier, and Todd Haynes.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||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
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A take home exam, a group presentation, and a final paper.
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Prerequisite: FILM304 AND FILM310
$60.00 Course fee.
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