Contemporary American Cinema
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Film Studies, Media Studies, Radio/Television/Film
Taught In English
18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
An examination of a topic or topics pertaining to contemporary American cinema - such as the romantic comedy, the science fiction film, documentary genres, new technologies in American cinema, global Hollywood.
The notion of the film director as author has long been a central theoretical and historical issue within cinema studies. Film authorship has been crucially important both to film studies and the film industry itself in the last several decades. This paper will study the ways authorship has been theorised; its impact on the New Hollywood cinema of the 1970s to the present; and the work of a selection of contemporary American directors as authors. Students will leave the paper with a greater understanding of film history and the work of the film director. It is ideal for MFCO majors, humanities students, students who wish to work in any part of the film industry and any student interested in contemporary cinema.
-Demonstrate knowledge of theories of authorship
-Demonstrate knowledge of the history of contemporary American cinema
-Demonstrate critical thinking abilities
-Demonstrate skill at written communication of ideas
-Demonstrate ability to conduct and use independent research in writing about film
This course covers a history of the New Hollywood, a study of film authorship and the examination of four major New Hollywood directors as authors.
-Reading Response One 10%
-Reading Response Two 10%
-Final Examination 45%
Individual readings on Blackboard
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