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Film Studies

  • 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.

Dekalog: An In-Depth Study of a Modern Masterpiece

View and discuss Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog, considered one of the 20th century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling.

2017 Summer
1 section

Movies Made in New York

Explore 10 films that are set in New York and feature the City not just serving as a backdrop but playing a major role in the narrative.

2017 Summer
1 section

The American Movie Musical

Watch six movie musicals and discuss the genre’s evolution, common themes, and relevance today.

2017 Summer
1 section

The Antihero in Television: From Tony Soprano to Claire Underwood

Explore why the antihero is so prevalent on television shows, including The Sopranos, The Wire, and Mad Men.

2017 Summer
1 section

The Modern Horror Film: The Revolution of 1968 and Beyond

Watch landmark horror films in class and discuss them, with a special emphasis on interpreting them as expressions of sociopolitical anxieties.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

The War Film: From the Battlefield to the Home Front

View and discuss eight films that depict war, both on the battlefield and at home.

2017 Summer
1 section

American Screwball Comedy Films

Watch a variety of screwball comedy films, and discuss how each represents and deals with the harsh economic realities of the time.

2017 Spring
1 section

Hollywood on Hollywood History

Learn about Hollywood history and the business of the film industry by watching and discussing films that cover filmmaking.

2017 Spring
1 section

Italian Neorealism: From Rome, Open City to La Dolce Vita

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.

2017 Spring
1 section

Let's Go to the Movies

Examine a wide range of films and engage in lively discussions about what makes each a truly exceptional work of art.

2017 Spring
3 sections

Social Class in American and English Film

Examine the different ways that American and British films have dealt with class power, consciousness, and culture through film.

2017 Spring
1 section

Strange Bedfellows: Politics and Passion in the Movies

Examine six stylistically diverse movies that alternate between serious, political films and lighter-toned features about love and relationships.

2017 Spring
2 sections

Art on Film/Film on Art

View 10 memorable films about art, and discuss the fascinating issues that emerge in them.

2017 Spring
1 section

Superheroes: A Mythic Battle of History, Media, and Culture

Examine the superhero genre, analyze what these films tell us about Hollywood, and reflect upon how these films express sociocultural anxieties.

2017 Spring
1 section

Cinema and the Brain

Examine how the latest findings in neuroscience shed light on the way that we experience films.

Espionage on Film: From The 39 Steps to Zero Dark Thirty

Explore a variety of espionage films, and discuss how each reflects society at the time it was created.

History and True Stories in Film

This course examines how cinema has shaped our own interpretation of history and true stories and vice versa.

International Politics and Film

Watch and analyze six political films from six different countries that are as varied in cinematic styles as in political commentary.

Italian Cinema: Envisioning a Country's Complex Identity

Explore Italian culture through the country’s rich tradition of cinema.

Martin Scorsese's New York

This course looks not only at the city lives that Scorsese dramatized, but also at the gritty streets that he documented before they disappeared.

More Great British Cinema

Watch and discuss terrific, but lesser known and rarely screened, movies from Great Britain, including must-see films in a variety of genres.

New York Through the Films of Spike Lee

Explore New York City through the films of Spike Lee and discover what makes the City so central to American cinema.

Six Continents, Six Films

Take an enlightening and hassle-free vacation around the world with six diverse films, each set on a different continent.

The Cinema and the City

Explore a variety of remarkable (and lesser-known) films that have created indelible images of cities.

The World According to the Coen Brothers' Films: From Blood Simple to A Serious Man

Examine a wide range of Coen brothers’ films and engage in lively discussions about what makes each a truly exceptional work of art.