Film Analysis - AVF 313

The course introduces methods of film analysis and criticism. It focuses on structure, composition, mise-en-scène, cinematography, sound, and editing through frame-by-frame examination of motion pictures. This course stresses a particular director (Godard, Hitchcock, Altman, Bergman, etc.), period, or style (film noir, western, etc.) and studies how meaning is structured and perceived in the screen image. It includes close examination of the ways scholars, critics, and filmmakers have explained and discussed the materials used to make movies and how these materials may be used to construct films and produce meaning. The experiences of the viewer, critic, and community are discussed in this course. Prerequisite: AVF 213.