Film Theory, Visual Thinking

How do moving images transform the way we think? Introduction to film theory aimed at interpreting the visual world, and developing skills to analyze films and media images. Survey of classical and contemporary film theory goes from turn-of-the-century scientific motion studies to the virtual movements of today. Considers theories of space, time, and motion, including Eisenstein’s theory of montage and architecture. Treats visual technology and sensate space, the cultural history of the cinematic apparatus, the body and physical existence, affect and gender, and screen theory. Different theoretical positions guide us in understanding and reading films.

This course is offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as VES 181.

Offered jointly as VES 181/ GSD HIS 4132.

The Thursday 11:30-1 lecture takes place in Carpenter B04 (FAS).

This course has a weekly film screening, Wednesday, 7 pm-9pm in the Carpenter Center Lecture Hall.