Film Genre: from Europe to Hollywood (and Back)

HON-H 238 — Spring 2020

Vincent Bouchard
HU 108
Days and Times
1:00pm - 2:15pm Tues/Thurs
Course Description

Class open to Hutton Honors College students only
Class film showings on Tuesday evenings, 7:15-9:15 p.m.

Description and Objectives:

Taking a comparative, transnational approach, this course offers an overview of Twenty-century European cinema as an evolving art and as a means of tracing the evolution of European society, politics, and identity, using representative films from Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, and the Soviet Union. We will also investigate how cinema has shaped national identities and promoted international competition and collaboration during the twentieth century. In so doing, our study of film will naturally touch upon a variety of other disciplines, such as history, psychology, sociology, political science, and gender studies. More specifically, we will address the following goals:

  • to understand the diverse social and political functions of film as an instrument for articulating and legitimizing state policies and normative cultural values, as well as a means of critiquing and resisting them;
  • to evaluate how institutional practices (such as censorship, financing, and access to technology and training) have shaped the form and function of cinema in various countries at various historical moments;
  • to think critically about how positive and negative stereotypes of various kinds are created, disseminated, and perpetuated by cinema;
  • to understand film as a transnational form of expression that constantly disseminates, adapts, and recycles ideas, aesthetics, and practices across time and space.

Mandatory Film showings are organized on Tuesdays at 7:15 pm
Class # 6336

3 credits

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