Melodrama and the Woman's Picture|
Spring 2022 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 in the United States and around the world, beginning in the silent period; ranging through the 1930s, '40s, and '50s; and culminating in contemporary cinema. We will pay particular attention to issues of narrative construction and visual style as they illuminate or complicate various analytical approaches to melodrama and speak to gender, sexuality, race, and class. Screenings include films directed by D. W. Griffith, Evgenii Bauer, Oscar Micheaux, John Stahl, Frank Borzage, Naruse Mikio, King Vidor, Wu Yonggong, Douglas Sirk, Vincente Minnelli, Max Ophuls, Mizoguchi Kenji, Kim Ki-young, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodovar, Ann Hui, 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
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Assessment will be based on attendance and participation in discussion, essay exam, group presentation, and analytical/research/creative project
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Weekly screenings on Sundays from 7-9pm and Wednesdays from 7-9pm or on Moodle.
Students interested in the course should contact the professor ASAP during browsing period or earlier.
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