Modern Drama and Film
With an emphasis on the visual elements of cinema, we will explore the creative forces that go into making great films. We will view and discuss one film per week by directors such as Welles, Coppola, Kurosawa, Scorsese, the Coens, Hitchcock, Kieślowski, Fellini, P.T. Anderson, Almodóvar, von Trier, Wes Anderson, David Lynch, Susanne Bier, and Iñárritu. We will also examine visual strategies in short films. While we will consider dramatic structure, pacing, screenwriting, directing, acting, and film scoring, our focus on the cinematography of “moving pictures” supports the concept that film is photography.