Introduction to Film Art

Film analysis and interpretation are the focus of this course. From Orson Welles to Wong Kar Wai, filmmakers of different periods have rendered their artistic visions through the medium of film. How do we approach, understand and appreciate the enticing and often challenging cinematic visions of major film directors? Covering the basic elements of film style like mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound, this course will introduce students to the analysis of film as a complex artistic medium. A variety of films from different countries will be studied, including works by Howard Hawks, Eric Khoo, Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu, Erich von Stroheim, Lars von Trier, Orson Welles, Wong Kar Wai and Zhang Yimou

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