Elements of Screen Art

Summer 2009
Tuesdays and Thursdays
2:00 to 5:45 pm
SS320 (Comm Studio)

How do I teach an introductory film course with only twelve meetings/screenings? By ridding the course of any pretense of generality in terms of the films to be screened. I may have to be selective and not just in terms of films with longer running times. No, I need to have a more practical consideration when it comes to this kind of decision-making.

I need a theme, in other words. One possibility? Film and the other arts. Specifically, film and popular music. Focusing not so much on the classical Hollywood musical, though certainly beginning from that, but really dealing more with the new musical. Or, broadly, how film represents the other arts. Cinema as ekphrasis (albeit, a deliberate attempt to broaden and distort the original meaning of the term)? Possible!

I think it's time to bring out Repo Man. This could be one way of moving closer toward the grand dream of teaching a course on punk and postpunk.


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