REQUIRED TEXT: GIANETTI AND EYMAN, FLASHBACK: A BRIEF HISTORY OF FILM
Introduction to Cinema is a survey of film history
focusing on representative and exemplary examples of foreign and domestic
films. The course ranges from silent to contemporary films and covers critical
developments in the art of filmmaking. Introduction to Cinema is the first
of two of film appreciation classes; the second, Approaches to Contemporary
Film (Humanities 10), begins in the 1960s and considers contemporary film
in the light of film theories. Introduction to Cinema counts as an elective
in the new Media Arts degree and Approaches to Contemporary Film counts
as a core course for the degree. Both courses transfer as electives to
four year colleges.
All films will be screened in class. Films will
be introduced through lecture material, handouts, and textbook readings.
Following screenings there will be extensive discussion of the films with
analysis of significant sequences in film clips as appropriate. Students
will write one page responses to each film that will serve as an additional
basis for discussion. The films will be presented in three clusters, and
at the end of each cluster there will be a review session and a written
examination. The exams will cover material from lecture and discussion
and from the text as indicated on the course syllabus. There will be a
comprehensive final examination at the end of the semester.
In addition to the course examinations, students
will prepare a course project, which will be either a written paper or
a video. Paper topics will be selected by students in accordance with their
particular areas of interest. Students are required to submit a synopsis
of the project by the fourth week of the semester and prepare an outline/story
board/shot list by the tenth week of class. Editing equipment and assistance
is available to students who elect the video option through the offices
of Ed Loeser and in the televison studio from Jim Frazier. Projects will
be presented in class.
In order to pass the course, students must view
all the films, participate in the class discussions, pass the midterms
and the final, and successfully complete the paper or video project. Grades
will be computed from the examinations, the course projects, and class
Students are responsible for the material covered in class whether they are present or not.
As lectures, films, and discussions will not be
repeated, it is advisable for students to be present during all class meetings.
Although five absences are allowed, such a number of absences would seriously
impede a student's ability to perform successfully in the course. Regular
attendance is essential for maximum student learning and enjoyment.
In addition to the course work described above,
students may also have the opportunity to hear in-class speakers, visit
film-related enterprises, and attend non-compulsory screenings of newly-released
Students requiring special services or arrangements
because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor,
counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.
Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.