- 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.
We will view one film from nearly every decade of the past 100 years to uncover how our ideas of love have developed, both on screen and off.
View and discuss Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog, considered one of the 20th century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling.
From Night of the Living Dead to Get Out: George Romero and the Revolution of the Modern Horror Film
Watch landmark horror films in class and discuss them, with a special emphasis on interpreting them as expressions of sociopolitical anxieties.
Read four screenplays of classic Hollywood movies and then watch the films, examining what worked, what didn’t, and why.
Explore lesser-known films of Italian neorealism, a style that excelled at portraying the harsh realities of life in Italy during and after WWII.
Watch and discuss films of major English, Italian, and French directors, including Leigh, Olmi, the Taviani brothers, Denis, and Tavernier.
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.
View the films of Sidney Lumet and discuss the way in which he used locations—most often New York City—as characters in his films.
Watch six movie musicals and discuss the genre’s evolution, common themes, and relevance today.
Explore why the antihero is so prevalent on television shows, including The Sopranos, The Wire, and Mad Men.
Go beyond the private eye and femme fatale and discover six different types of noir films.
Explore how modern filmmakers have reinvented the biopic and now use the genre to explore how history still resonates today.