Credits: 0.5
Term: Fall 2017, Spring 2018

This is an advanced course; Students should be juniors or seniors and writing on a grade appropriate level.

Course Description:

Students in Analytical Writing About Film will view a variety of selected films dating from the 1940’s to the present. Students will learn to analyze film content and style, and to assess their effects on audiences and society at large for their impact on culture and society. The course will also explore connections between literature and film. Students will practice analytical and critical writing in this course, which will promote multiple literacies of cinematic narrative, characterization, setting and language. Students would need to be able to access films either through the internet, rental, or their local libraries.  Film choices may include, but are not limited to: Casablanca; Psycho; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; Cool Hand Luke; The Godfather; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest; Star Wars; The Breakfast Club; My Left Foot; Life is Beautiful; Chicago; Glory Road; Million Dollar Baby; and The King’s Speech.

Topics & Concepts:
  • Unit 1: Critical Survey of Film
  • Unit 2: Writing Requirements and History of Film
  • Unit 3: Casablanca
  • Unit 4: Psycho
  • Unit 5: The Godfather
  • Unit 6: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next
  • Unit 7: The Breakfast Club
  • Unit 8: The Shawshank Redemption
  • Unit 9: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Unit 10: 12 Years a Slave
  • Unit 11: American Sniper
  • Unit 12: Your Animated Film Choice

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