Course Descriptions

Rutgers Cinema Studies Courses

01:175/050:266:B6               Cult Films in American Culture (Al Nigrin-PTL)            5/27-7/3/14, 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, 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-cultural 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.

Requirements: attendance, two exams, class participation.

 

English-Film Studies

01:354:312:B6                        Cinema and the Arts (Al Nigrin-PTL)               5/28-7/2/14, MW 6:00-10:00 pm

                                                                                                                                        Voorhees Hall 105

A course focusing on the relationship between cinema and aesthetic movements in the arts, such as Expressionism, Romanticism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Post-Modernism and others. Films to be screened include David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Jean Cocteau’s Blood of A Poet, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, William Friedkin's The Exorcist, Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera, Films by Andy Warhol, Films by Bruce Conner and others.

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

Requirements: attendance, two exams, class participation.

Professor Nigrin's Experimental Filmmaking class

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