Film in a Global Context

Course Description

Examines how international cinema represents various aspects of societies and cultures outside the U.S. Representative films of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, Australia and Oceania, and Canada may be studied.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss and relate various national cinematic and aesthetic approaches to universal problems encountered in the human condition. Explain the various uses of psychology in different national cinemas.
  • Address problems of the master-slave relationship as represented in the films of a variety of countries as they manifest themselves in terms of class, race, gender, sex, sexual-orientation, culture and modernism.
  • Interpret films symbolically and allegorically, specifically in motifs such as color, sound, lighting, framing, narrative construction, and national symbols.
  • Critique international films from a universal aesthetic perspective that employs comparative and contrastive analysis.


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