Instructor: Carter
Wednesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Course participants learn techniques of narrative analysis while putting them to work in three different units. The first of those units features films that demonstrate a persistent self-consciousness about making and watching movies. They include Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), Atom Egoyan’s Ararat (2002), and Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain (2010). The second unit centers on the rhetoric of realism, which ties together such historically and geographically disparate narratives as Vittorio de Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948), Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep (1978), and Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone (2010). The final segment of the course fuses the first unit’s attention to reflexive cinema with the second’s emphasis on realist representation, focusing on movies that display naturalistic tendencies while expressing a pronounced awareness of naturalism as an artistic construct. They include Michael Haneke’s Caché (2005) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999).