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The Past on Film

FILM 160
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: PHIL 160, HIST 129
Certificates: Social, Cultural and Critical Theory

This course examines how films represent the past and how they can help us understand crucial questions in the philosophy of history. We begin with three weeks on documentary cinema. How do documentary films achieve "the reality effect"? How has contemporary documentary's use of reenactment changed our expectations of nonfiction film? Much of the course is devoted to classic narrative films that help us critically engage questions about the depiction of the past. We think about those films in relation to texts in this history of philosophy and contemporary film theory.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on APR-19-2014
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