This course has been changed to an online format. You will be contacted by your instructor after the end of the registration period. Please check you HU-email address to receive the URL and password to the Moodle course!
This course is an advanced survey class on a) aspects of American movie history, b) filmic techniques, and c) some seminal texts in film theory. We will look at some of the major steps in the development of American cinema and discuss some seminal movies; we will discuss influential film theories by Walter Benjamin, Jean-Louis Baudry, Laura Mulvey, and Linda Williams as well as some chapters from an introduction into film theory by Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener; and we will have a look at basic filmic techniques such as image and shot, perspective, camera movement, lighting, color and sound, editing, film narratology and semiotics.
Dieser Kurs beginnt in der zweiten Woche (20.4.)
The Moodle Key will be announced during the first meeting.
- Texts (classical theory & interpretations) will be uploaded onto the Moodle platform.
- Apart from the theoretical texts we will be working with Richard Barsam, Looking at Movies, 4th edition. New York: Norton, 2013. Short excerpts from the book will also be uploaded onto Moodle.
- Thomas Elsaesser, Malte Hagener, Film Theory. An Introduction Through the Senses. London: Routledge, 2010 is a great invitation to film theory. Short Excerpts will also be uploaded on Moodle.
Films are available at the Mediathek of the Fakultät. In some cases, we will discuss a way to watch the movies together within a legal frame. Please reserve some time for this after the seminar (18-21).
There will be no presentations in this class. In-class requirements are 5 short responses to individual class meetings (there will be a template). For the entire module: preparation of a multi-media presentation in the context of the seminar within the module – not in this class.
No registration through Agnes!