Instructor: Knippling M/W/F 2:30-3:25pm
This course examines a distinctive period of creativity and innovation in U.S. filmmaking occasioned by a cluster of historical forces. Responding to a string of big-budget failures under the old studio system, producers began to support young, marginal filmmakers who rebelled against cinematic and social conventions, transforming the cinema from a producer’s medium to a director’s medium. [Key texts will include Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Mike Nichols’ The Graduate (1967), John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969), Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972), Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), and Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975), among lesser known texts such as The Landlord (1970) and Two-Lane Blacktop (1971).] Students will work actively with this material using digital capture and video editing techniques to create presentations animated by excerpts (film clips) of various primary texts, and will talk through these presentations in class. They will also write traditional critical essays and exams.