This course will give students an introduction to the academic study of film, focusing on two key areas: film analysis, film and film history. In addition to developing a set of critical tools for analysis of film texts, contextual studies will also offer students a wide range of critical, institutional and historical frameworks for the study of film.
Students will critically analyze film as an art form as well as a reflector and instigator of cultural values. Questions considered will include: How does the visual language of film affect our perception? What innovative techniques are used to convey meaning? How does film fit into the twentieth century?