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Spring 2016 Credit Courses: Film

America at the Movies
Selected films are analyzed to illuminate significant aspects of American society in the 1970s and 1980s, including the war in Vietnam and expansion of American power, the end of legal racial segregation, the movements for women’s equality and gay rights, and challenges to traditional conventions (the sexual revolution, counterculture movement, and youth movement). How did these developments affect life in America in the following decades, and how did Hollywood confront their political reverberations?
CMS3010 / 4 credits
Edwin Rifkin
Jan. 20-May 4
Wed., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Room: Refer to the online schedule

History and Memory: Literature and Films of Atrocity
Students study historic accounts, memoirs, diaries, and cinematic depictions of such atrocities as the Jewish Holocaust, Armenian and Rwandan genocides, Stalinist and South African purges, and Cambodian massacres. Genocide and mass murder are dissected by considering the causes, methods, aftermath, and possibly the lessons learned.
CMS3050 / 4 credits
Michael Taub
Tues., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 26–May 10
Room: Refer to the online schedule

American Film, Reflections of a Century II: 1950 to 1999
Defining trends in U.S. cultural history between 1950 and 1999, as reflected in film. Topics include the re-introduction of realism, counterculture films, films by socially oriented and “new auteur” directors, and the impact of AIDS, relations between the sexes, and modern special effects. Aspects of cinema history are also examined, including the construct and use of certain genres, the relationship between cinematic realism and censorship, and the rise of independent film.
CMS3170 / 4 credits
Michael Garber
Wed., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 20–May 4
Room: Refer to the online schedule

The American Crime Film
An examination of the transformations, both stylistic and thematic, within the crime film. Topics include the ways in which social attitudes toward crime and criminals are mediated in the social conventions of the cinema, the relationship of the crime film to distinct periods of American history, and the relevance of the crime film to other genres.
CMS3270 / 4 credits
Adam Resnick
Tues., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 26–May 10
Room: Refer to the online schedule

Romance, Love, and Sex on Film
The various styles of lovemaking that have dominated the silver screen are examined, considering them both as art and entertainment and as reflections of social mores and attitudes. Topics vary through the decades, ranging from the early “peep show” days of the film industry through eras of moralism and censorship to the more sexually liberated and explicit films of the 1950s and beyond.
CMS3280 / 4 credits
Michael Garber
Mon., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 25–May 9
Room: Refer to the online schedule

hybrid courses iconLights, Camera, God: Religion in the Movies
Since the dawn of cinema, religion has had an enduring hold on filmmakers’ creative and spiritual imaginations. The symbolic and controversial role of religion in movies made during the 20th century is examined through films and critical readings. Students analyze Judeo-Christian traditions and imagery inspired by the Bible and sacred sites. Films include cinematic masterpieces, popular movies, silent films, and indie features.
Note: This course is a hybrid course (60 percent online and 40 percent in person). Classes meet on Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 25, Mar. 17, April 7 and 28. Please visit for details.
CMS3340 / 4 credits
Judith Dupré
Thurs., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 21–May 5
Room: Refer to the online schedule

Updated Nov. 11, 2015

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