Course Descriptions

Cinema Studies minors who intend to register for the Seminar in Film Theory (01:354:420) need to know that, if they are not also English majors, they will need a pre-requisite over-ride for Principles of Literary Study (01:359:201 or 01:359:202) in order to register for this course.  This over-ride can be obtained from the English Department by contacting either Leandra Cain (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Carol Hartman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Rutgers Cinema Studies Courses: Summer 2015

Cinema Studies / American Studies

Cult Films in American Culture (Nigrin)

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01:175:266:B6 / 01:050:266:B6               

5/26-7/2/2015, TTH 6:00-9:40

Scott Hall 123 

This lecture-discussion course focuses on the “cult” film  from its origins in the 1920s to its evolution in American culture. Close analyses of cult films will be paired with readings by J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum, Sigmund Freud, and others. According to Freud, for example, social organization for the primordial horde came about as a result of the incest taboo  and the law of exogamy. Several of the films to be screened depict scenes that violate this organization and break the taboo. This course will explore how and why these violations permeate cult films. In addition, many cult films are open-ended metaphors for contemporary social anxieties. We will examine how some of these counter-culture films are a reaction to late ‘60s and ‘70s American society. Finally, this course will include in-depth analyses of the structure of celebrated American cult films ("mise-en-scene," editing, narrative form, set design, sound, and special effects) including: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, Night of the Living Dead, Cat People, and others.

Warning: some films may contain nudity, sexual situations, violence, profanity, substance abuse, and disturbing images.

 

Israeli Society through Film (Zerubavel) 

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01:175:377/01:563:393              

TTH 2:50-5:50

Bildner Center screening TBA

This course examines the development of Israeli film since the 1960s and through it addresses major social, cultural, and political issues that are central to Israeli society. Topics include immigrant and Israeli identities, the kibbutz and the urban culture, the memory of the Holocaust, the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, gender constructions, religiousdiversity and ethnic traditions.

Requirements: attendance, participation, screening, response papers, one ten-page research paper.

 


 

English-Film Studies

Cinema and the Arts (Nigrin)       

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01:354:312:B6                       

5/27-7/1/2015, MW 6:00-9:40 pm

Voorhees Hall 105

A course focusing on the relationship between cinema and the arts. Films to be screened include Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet,  Powell/Pressburger’s The Red Shoes, Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and others. Warning: some films may contain nudity, sexual situations, violence, profanity, substance abuse, and disturbing images

 



 

 

Professor Nigrin's Experimental Filmmaking class

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