Frames of Mind: Approaches to Film Theory

Introduction to the language of film theory, aimed at developing analytic skills to interpret films. A historical survey that spans turn-of-the-century scientific motion studies to the emotion studies of Hugo Munsterberg, and reaches the virtual movements of our new millennium. Considers Eisenstein\’s theory of montage, the cultural history of the cinematic apparatus, and the body of physical existence, going from Kracauer to gender studies. Different theoretical positions open up our understanding of films, and guide us in reading them. Note: Expected to be omitted in 2006-07. Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as VES 181. Also note that screenings take place on Wednesdays, 7-9 pm.