- Builds Understanding of Cinematic Storytelling
- Analyzes and Discusses Films
- Develops Cultural Aptitude
Whether your goal is to write a screenplay, work in the film industry, or simply explore and enjoy cinematic stories, these courses develop skills essential for analyzing and discussing films. Be transported to diverse cultures and historic periods through films.
View and discuss Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog, considered one of the 20th century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling.
Explore why the antihero is so prevalent on television shows, including The Sopranos, The Wire, and Mad Men.
Watch landmark horror films in class and discuss them, with a special emphasis on interpreting them as expressions of sociopolitical anxieties.
View and discuss eight films that depict war, both on the battlefield and at home.
Explore the genre of neorealism in Italian cinema, a style that excelled at portraying the harsh realities of life in Italy during and after WWII.
Examine six stylistically diverse movies that alternate between serious, political films and lighter-toned features about love and relationships.
Examine the superhero genre, analyze what these films tell us about Hollywood, and reflect upon how these films express sociocultural anxieties.
Examine how the latest findings in neuroscience shed light on the way that we experience films.
Explore a variety of espionage films, and discuss how each reflects society at the time it was created.
This course examines how cinema has shaped our own interpretation of history and true stories and vice versa.
Watch and analyze six political films from six different countries that are as varied in cinematic styles as in political commentary.
Explore Italian culture through the country’s rich tradition of cinema.
This course looks not only at the city lives that Scorsese dramatized, but also at the gritty streets that he documented before they disappeared.
Watch and discuss terrific, but lesser known and rarely screened, movies from Great Britain, including must-see films in a variety of genres.
Explore New York City through the films of Spike Lee and discover what makes the City so central to American cinema.
Take an enlightening and hassle-free vacation around the world with six diverse films, each set on a different continent.
Explore a variety of remarkable (and lesser-known) films that have created indelible images of cities.
Examine a wide range of Coen brothers’ films and engage in lively discussions about what makes each a truly exceptional work of art.