FVM 181 Topics in Film Studies
3 Credit hours, 60 Contact hours
Surveys different genres, cultures, and movements, students will watch films and analyze within historical, social, and aesthetic contexts. Various topics may include Soviet Cinema, The Musical, Film Noir, Silent Cinema, Contemporary Global Cinema, etc.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENG 121 and FVM 105, FVM 117, FVM 136, FVM 150, FVM 160 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.
American New Wave
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will learn about one of the two most important eras in the history of film: The American New Wave. Knowledge of The American New Wave is crucial in your development as a filmmaker and is a seminal experience in your film school career. The course explores the origins of the American New Wave or the New Hollywood from approximately the mid-1960s to the late 1970s—a time in which some of the greatest masterpieces of cinema were created. In this course you will have the opportunity to screen and study films that you would never learn of anywhere else. You will examine how this distinctly American film movement changed the face of Hollywood and the future of filmmaking forever. You will learn how this era and its artists directly influenced the filmmakers whom you admire even today.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, we will explore the origins of the American action film, the only film genre that is absolutely, completely American in origin—a genre the world associates directly with Hollywood and a genre we associate closely with ourselves. The action genre was born in the year 1971, and we will study it from its origins to the present day. We will study how this “popular” genre is actually rich in meaning and significance, despite what many laymen and scholars alike may think. We’ll go beyond the mere spectacle of the action genre to examine what makes it work and what makes it distinctive. Anyone interested in working in the genre or even knowing more about this fascinating and important classification of film will gain great insight into the form through this course.