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Film Studies Minor

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The Film Studies minor will give you a chance to explore the power of cinema. You’ll study innovative forms, definitive genres, iconic directors, and groundbreaking films. In addition, you’ll analyze the cultural contexts that shape films, dive into film theory and criticism, and enter the worlds films create. This is an interdisciplinary minor housed in the English department.

Learn More in the Catalog

Learn more about this minor in the catalog. If you are an existing student, be sure to look at the year that you entered Otterbein. 

2014-15 Film Studies Courses

ENGL 1175: Studies in Film (Fall 2014)
Patricia Frick – MWF 1:40-2:50
This course provides an introduction to film as a distinct artistic medium through topical and thematic approaches.  For Fall 2014, we will focus on iconic horror films such as NosferatuFrankensteinGodzilla, Night of the Living Dead, The Blob, and more. In studying these films, we’ll consider their technologies and elements of production; their distinguishing  characteristics within a notable film genre; the groundbreaking work of their directors; and their critical reception.  We’ll also consider how these films are a form of cultural discourse, expressing the anxieties, concerns, and hopes of their creators and audiences.   Additionally, the course will offer students opportunities to acquire a basic vocabulary for studying film, to advance their interpretive skills, and to write autobiographically, reflectively, creatively, and critically. May be repeated once when offered with a different topic.

ENGL 1175: Introduction to Film Studies: American 1970s Cinema (Spring 2015)
Karen Steigman – TR 10:00-11:45
The 1970s have been described as the last golden age of American cinema: the Hollywood New Wave. Some important directors came of age in the late 1960s and 1970s to challenge classical Hollywood cinema in a series of landmark films. In addition, the 70s witnessed the advent of the Hollywood “blockbuster” with the commercial success of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 Jaws, alongside take-downs of Hollywood in Hal Ashby’s Shampoo and Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. In this course we will view and discuss several films of this era, including Bonnie and Clyde, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Godfather, and Chinatown. We will discuss the various genre conventions of classical Hollywood cinema and consider how the “auteur” directors of American 1970s film considered and contested those conventions. We will also consider the influence of 70s American film on contemporary North American filmmakers: the Coen brothers, Spike Lee, David Fincher, Mary Harron and Sofia Coppola. A central aim of this course is to introduce you to reading and writing about film, so along the way we will read some key essays and study some fundamental concepts in film criticism and theory. May be repeated once when offered with a different topic.

FMST 2280: Cinema: History, Theory, and Criticism (Spring 2015)
Karen Steigman TR – 12:00-1:45
This foundational course in the Film Studies minor will comprise a survey of key essays in film studies alongside a series of landmark films. Films represent a range of directors (Scorsese, Chaplin, Eisenstein, Hitchcock, Campion, Pontecorvo), eras (early cinema, classic Hollywood cinema, the 1970s, Third Cinema), and genres (horror, melodrama, and film noir). Readings include foundational work in film theory and criticism by Kracauer, Bazin, Altman, Metz, Mulvey, Doane, and Williams.

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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