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FA255 Understand Movies: Film Styles
Features critical analysis and appreciation of cinema through the viewing and study of feature length English-language films, as well as short films and films in translation. Introduces the generic, thematic, and stylistic variety of cinematic art. Also introduces basic cinematic terminology and concepts, film criticism, and the conventions of writing film analysis. Includes a weekly film screening lab that accompanies the lecture. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits total. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F
4 Credits

FA256 Understand Movies: Directors
Features critical analysis and appreciation of cinema through the viewing and study of films from the standpoint of the director as creator. Highlights the films of one or two directors in an effort to understand and critique the individual films as the work of an artist, especially within the context of viewing the films as an evolving body of work expressing a particular and unique view of the world. Analyzes the generic, thematic, and stylistic tendencies of the director. Also introduces basic cinematic terminology and concepts, film criticism, and the conventions of writing film analysis. Includes a weekly film screening lab that accompanies the lecture. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits total. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

FA257 Understand Movies:Theme/Genre
Features critical analysis and appreciation of cinema through the viewing and study of films within the context of a specific film genre, national movement, or thematic topic. Emphasizes analysis of categorical similarities, significant differences or deviations, and explores the films' continued relevance. Also introduces basic cinematic terminology and concepts, film criticism, and the conventions of writing film analysis. Includes a weekly film screening lab that accompanies the lecture. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits total. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or WR090 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits