Focus on Film - MLC 421: World Cinema, Spring 2013
Prof. Nora Gortcheva
Wednesday 4:10-6:40pm, Little Hall 211
Taught in English
Prerequisite: ENG 280, HTY 218, or permission of instructor
Satisfies the General Education Creative and artistic expression, social contexts and institutions requirement.
Today many might define the world as an elsewhere in a state of crisis, and cinema as a digital stream on a mobile screen. This class offers an alternative geography to what constitutes both the world and its cinema, situates “world cinema” as a term in film studies, and closely analyzes selected works from a broad regional, national and transnational context. The class approaches both dominant film cultures (Hollywood) and peripheral practices (art cinema) which find various distribution outlets: multiplexes, art house cinemas, museums, film festivals and the Internet. Students will learn basic skills in film analysis, write reviews on films of various genres and forms, develop a comprehensive research project on a topic of their interest, and discuss issues such as politics, labor, mobility, identity and migration in film.