Elia Kazan's Films and Archives|
Spring 2022 not offered
Elia Kazan was one of the most successful and influential cross-platform artists of the 20th century, and his films are the most sophisticated, personal, and fully developed projects of his body of work. This course serves as an exploration of Kazan's directorial style in the medium of cinema--how he discovers, defines, and experiments with the form as he goes--and his lasting impact on American filmmaking. Screenings will encompass selections from Kazan's career--"On the Waterfront," "East of Eden," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "A Face in the Crowd," and others--as well as the work of influences, acolytes, and other filmmakers whose movies illuminate the distinctiveness of Kazan's approach.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: FILM304 & FILM307
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two analytical papers, one research assignment
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Preference given to Film majors. Time demands are high.
Materials from the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, which include Kazan's personal notebooks and archival papers, will be referenced through the semester. Archival staff will be on hand to explain research techniques and use of these materials. Students will be expected to undertake archival research for at least one assignment during this course, in addition to other analytical exercises.
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