Course Description

This segment will survey major theoretical approaches to cinema from formalist and realist traditions to contemporary developments in the discipline. Students will read classic texts, view significant films, and be introduced to current critical theory. They will gain knowledge of the rhetoric, grammar, structure, aesthetics, and ideology of cinema, and will acquire a frame of reference for questioning the inherent belief systems within certain works of cinematic art. CDMP 121 is equivalent to MPF 427.

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