Film in Context

An examination of motion pictures as cultural artifacts, shapers of society, and modes of discourse. Film in Context is a topics course that examines a group of films organized around a subject area (war, politics, crime, gender roles), an historical era (the Depression, the Holocaust, Post-Watergate), or a particular filmmaker (Hitchcock, Scorsese, Kurosawa, etc.). Genre and/or philosophical approaches to film also may serve as the basis of the course in a given semester. The course challenges students to draw meaningful parallels between motion pictures and the society from which they emerge.