ARTH290 - REALISM IN FILM

In this course we will examine the history of art exhibitions and art display from the late 19th century to the present day. We will examine the built spaces of display (museums, galleries, exhibition pavilions, and public spaces), and the manner in which the art is displayed. Visits to the local museums and galleries will figure into the course.
Section 402 - SEM
This course examines the re-presentation of real life as an (the?) essential element of cinema, in both fiction and non-fiction films, from the earliest shorts of the Lumières in the 1890s through contemporary “mumblecore” and reality TV. Topics include German Expressionist and Kammerspiel films of the 1920s; French poetic realism of the 1930s; Italian neo-realism of the 1940s; Brazilian magical realism of the 1960s; American Direct Cinema documentaries of the 1960s; British social realism of the 1980s; Danish Dogme 95 films of the 1990s; American indies since 2002; and Romanian social realism since 2005. We will also explore such areas as the influential improvisational style of John Cassavetes films; the rise of the “mockumentary” and reality TV; the aesthetics of real time, long takes, and hyper-realism, especially in Warhol and Akerman; the role of realist style in themes of ethics and morality, especially in Kieslowski, Puiu, and the Dardennes; and alternative or experimental forms of realism. We will read such writers as Arnheim, Barthes, Baudrillard, Bazin, de Certeau, Derrida, Foucault, Jameson, Kael, Kracauer, and Metz, as well as examples of realist and magical realist fiction.
M 0200PM-0500PM
CHARNEY, LEOPOLD
FISHER-BENNETT HALL 224
  • CINE201402
  • COML201402