Introduction to Film (FLMST 201)

Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965). 

Instructor: Robin Blaetz

“A film is difficult to explain because it is easy to understand.” — Christian Metz

Introduction to Film teaches the basic concepts and critical skills involved in interpreting film.

Through lecture, reading, discussion, and screening of films both in and outside of class, students become informed and sophisticated observers of the cinema and moving images more generally.

Over the course of the semester, the class studies form and style in narrative film as well as in non-narrative practices such as avant-garde and documentary filmmaking. In addition, the class examines some of the major theoretical approaches in the field as they pertain to the development of the language of film.