New student orientations take place on the next two Fridays, at which point more students will be able to enroll for courses. If you plan to enroll in a course, don’t wait.
FILM 370U courses count for the Film Major and the Film Minor, and they are open to all students. The Spring 2015 courses in the list below still have spaces available, but some only have a few spots.
Portland/Pacific Northwest on Screen – 65199 – FILM 370U – 001
What images and stories come to mind when you think of the Pacific Northwest? Mountains and primeval forests? Quirky, rain and beer soaked cities? Reese Witherspoon “finding herself” in the “Wild”? Narcoleptic hustlers and drugstore cowboys? Glittery, well-groomed vampires falling love? This class will explore why and how the Pacific Northwest has been represented in film. This is an interdisciplinary course that will combine film studies with cultural studies and cultural geography in order to understand the values, identities and power relations that have been historically attached to this landscape and geographic region. In addition to looking at how place is represented in individual films, we’ll consider the influence of globalization, and production and distribution practices.
10:00 – 11:50 MW Lincoln Hall 331 Sara Bernstein
Sports, Myth, and Contemporary Cinema – 65201 – FILM 370U – 002
In this course we are going to examine the marriage of sports and cinema. The two make nearly perfect bedfellows: both feature larger-than-life stars, incredible conflict, suspense that runs to the final seconds of the program, and amazing fairytale endings. Both give you someone to identify with, someone to root for. Both lay out before us all of our greatest dreams – who among us hasn’t wished at one point to hit the winning run in the World Series, or to throw the winning pass in the Super Bowl? In this class we will look at sports on film, thinking about how sports can define us, what they can teach us about ourselves, and how those lessons have been enacted in the cinema.
14:00 – 15:50 MW Lincoln Hall 331 Dustin Morrow
Queer Cinema – 65202 – FILM 370U – 003
Queer Cinema considers both the commercial representation of LGBTQ identities in international film from the silent era to the present, including the Queer New Wave in the US in the 1990s, while simultaneously exploring non-commercial and niche markets in which queer representation thrives. Alongside our study of representation, we will also consider how cinematic institutions, such as film festivals, respond to and cater to queer audiences. This class will feature weekly screenings and regular guest speakers.
12:00 – 13:50 MW Lincoln Hall 331 Amy Borden
Film Noir 1960-Present – 65204 – FILM 370U – 005
This course examines film noir and neo-noir as concepts that, after the studio era, are referenced explicitly by filmmakers and audiences. We will consider film noir in relation to genre, ideology, aesthetics, and the representation of social difference in the post-studio era. Our study will include several recurring themes: suspicion of legal authority; the intersection of gender, sexuality, and violence; and the social displacement of individuals marked as “other” by notions of race, ethnicity, and region. Films shown for the course might include The Long Goodbye, Chinatown, Blue Velvet, The Grifters, L.A. Confidential, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Memento, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
18:00 – 21:35 R Lincoln Hall 331 Kristin Hole
New German Cinema – 65205 – FILM 370U – 006
This course examines the stylistically diverse film movement known as New German Cinema, which flourished between the 1960s and early 1980s in West Germany. The filmmakers included under this banner made oppositional films that challenged dominant filmmaking practices, critiqued the current social and political order, and grappled with the complexities of German history. We will study the cultural, political, and historical context in which this movement developed as well as major films and filmmakers that came out of this context. Directors will include (among others) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Margarethe von Trotta, Wim Wenders, Alexander Kluge and Helma Sanders-Brahms.
10:00 – 11:50 TRLincoln Hall 331 Kristin Hole
American Film Acting – 65419 – FILM 370U – 008
An exploration of post-World War II American movie acting, with an emphasis on the Method Actors Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Robert De Niro. We will acquaint ourselves with the theories of Method Acting and examine the ways in which these three icons of the screen embodied, molded and advanced the technique in their roles in such films as “On the Waterfront,” “The Hustler,” “The Godfather,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Verdict” and “Raging Bull.”
18:00 – 21:35 R Cramer Hall 371 Shawn Levy