Amelie E. Hastie (Section 01)
(Offered as ENGL 84 and FAMS 37.) The topic changes each time the course is taught. In spring 2011 the topic will be “A Decade Under the Influence: U.S. Film of the 1970s.” U.S. film in the 1970s was evident of tremendous aesthetic and economic innovation. Rife with but not limited to conspiracy, disaster, love and war, 1970s popular films range from the counter-cultural to the commercial, the independent to the industrial. Thus, while American cinema of the first half of the decade is known as the work of groundbreaking independent “auteurs,” the second half of the decade witnessed an industrial transformation through the emergence of the giant blockbuster hit. With a focus on cultural and historical factors shaping filmmaking and film-going practices and with close attention to film form, this course will explore thematic threads, directors, stars, and genres that emerged and developed during the decade. While the course will largely focus on mainstream film, we will set this work in some relation to other movements of the era: blaxploitation, comic parodies, documentary, and New American Cinema. Two class meetings and one screening per week.
Prior coursework in Film and Media Studies is recommended, but not required. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Hastie.
If Overenrolled: Students will write a short essay on the first day of class.