Film and Philosophy Prof. Larry McGrath
AS. 300. 201. 13 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Times: TThF 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Gilman 17
This course offers an introduction to basic concepts in the theory of film and classic problems in the history of philosophy. Our goal is to stage a dialogue between the two in order to see the unique ways that cinema helps us understand the nature of human consciousness. The central thesis of the course is that cinema is analogous to consciousness, and that the formal aspects of film illuminate the structure of consciousness. We will test this thesis by watching a variety of films that feature challenging narrative structures and cinematographic techniques. Students will be expected to have read and be ready to discuss assigned literature before each class. Students are also expected to watch a film on their own time if they are unable to attend a screening.
Grading: This course is graded pass/fail. Passing depends on three elements: participation (students are permitted one absence), a short unannounced exam, and a 10 minute presentation during the final two days of the course in which students present, appreciate, and critique a 3-5 minute clip of an assigned film.
Jan. 7 Watch: La Jetée [The Jetty] (Chris Marker, 1962)
Jan. 9 Ladri di biciclette [The Bicycle Thief] (Vittorio de Sica, 1948)
Jan. 10 Vivre sa vie [My Life to Live] (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
Henri Bergson, “Introduction to Metaphysics,” pages 133-147.
Jan. 14 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)
Henri Bergson, “Introduction to Metaphysics,” pages 147-169.
Jan. 16 Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1979)
Jan. 17 Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
Jan. 21 Hable con ella [Talk to Her] (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
Jan. 23 Student Presentations
Jan. 24 Student Presentations