Behind the Screen: Film Criticism and Appreciation
Why do movies make us laugh or cry, feel tense or exhilarated? This course will explore the movies by evaluating the cinematic, dramatic, and literary techniques, as well as the historical context, of various films. Each student will take the role of critic as they watch eight to 10 full-length films, giving their own thumbs-up or thumbs-down to each movie. This course will also include the examination of various film roles (acting, directing, editing, etc.) and the study of film lingo (by reviewing key scenes from many films).