This course offers a sampling of historical and contemporary attempts to challenge Hollywood's dominant cinematic codes. We will watch films from the Weimar Republic and "New German Cinema" of the 1970s, as well as Russian montage, French New Wave, "art house" cinema of the 1960s, independent film of the 1990s, plus several contemporary films. Directors include: F.W. Murnau, Maya Deren, Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Michael Hanecke, Todd Haynes, David Lynch, Sally Potter, Terrence Malick, and Kathryn Bigelow. Students will write short essays and one longer research paper and also have the opportunity to make their own short experimental films.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
All students: may be counted toward the interdisciplinary minor in Film and Media Studies.