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Curriculum and Class Guide

FILM STUDIES: History of Narrative Film

 

Instructor: Mr. Brett Reliford

Email: brett.reliford@adair.kyschools.us

Contact: 270-384-2751

Planning Period for Contact: 9:55-10:55

 

Requirements for class:

          * a genuine interest in movies

          * an open mind

          * pencil and paper on assignment days (ask if you need one)

          * PowerPoint proficiency or another presentation-making program

 

What to expect:

          * viewing several significant films in class to enhance understanding

                             of cinema

          * learning about major eras of film

          * learning about major figures in film (directors, writers, actors, etc.)

          * learning what narrative techniques are used to make films

          * critical thinking about film-making and the films screened in class

          * exploring the significance and effectiveness of films as ways to

                   communicate ideas

          *responding to the films screened in class

          * diversity in the films screened in class (mainstream commercial

                   films and beyond)

 

ARTICLE DISCUSSIONS

In addition to regular screenings, we will have days devoted to class discussion of scholarly articles about film and film theory. We will have time to read the materials and use class time for students to give their thoughts and insights into the topics. We will address issues in the articles that you found most interesting, and you will have the opportunity to have your voice heard. Class participation is crucial to these days in class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possible films screened this year:

 

A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902)

THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (1903)

WAY DOWN EAST (1920)

CABINET OF DR.CALIGARI (1920)

THE CROWD (1928)

CITIZEN KANE (1941)

CASABLANCA (1942)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

DR. STRANGELOVE (OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB)                        (1964)

ExISTENz (1999)

PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006)

 

The above list is not an exhaustive list; instead, it is merely a preview of a selection of films that help track the narrative evolution of film. Other films already selected have not been listed above due to a strategic instructional plan for their use.

 

The intent of the films selected is to introduce films that the class has not already seen while using these films to help track cultural and literary relevance of cinema throughout its history.