Sex and Violence: American Film-making Under Censorship|
This course examines how U.S. filmmakers have used narrative and stylistic techniques to address censorship requirements in U.S. cinema. Though the course will cover early cinema through recent cinema, its primary emphasis will be on studio-era censorship from 1930 to the 1950s. Through close film analysis, we will examine how censorship altered films, and how filmmakers manipulated film form and style to convey their intended meanings. Our analysis will serve as a way to reflect broadly on methods for making films within constraints, the range of cinematic techniques available to filmmakers, and how creative decisions impact viewers.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: FILM304 AND FILM307
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selections from Lea Jacobs, The Wages of Sin; Leff and Simmons, The Dame in the Kimono; Stephen Prince, Classical Film Violence.
Baby Face, The Miracle of Morgan┐s Creek, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Man with the Golden Arm
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 long papers, plus either a short paper or an oral examination.
|Instructor(s): Slowik,Michael James Times: .M.W... 08:50AM-12:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 24||SR major: 12||JR major: 12|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|