- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch a variety of screwball comedy films, and discuss how each represents and deals with the harsh economic realities of the time.
View 10 memorable films about art, and discuss the fascinating issues that emerge in them.
Explore a variety of espionage films, and discuss how each reflects society at the time it was created.
Learn about Hollywood history and the business of the film industry by watching and discussing films that cover filmmaking.
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.
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.
Watch and discuss terrific, but lesser known and rarely screened, movies from Great Britain, including must-see films in a variety of genres.
Examine the different ways that American and British films have dealt with class power, consciousness, and culture through film.
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.
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.