This course offers an overview of cinema as an artistic, industrial, ideological and social force. Students become familiar with the aesthetic elements of cinema (visual style, editing, cinematography, sound, performance, narration and formal structure, etc.), the terminology of film production, and the relations among industrial, ideological, artistic and social issues. Films (both classic and contemporary, mainstream and experimental) are discussed from aesthetic, historical and social perspectives, enabling students to approach films as informed and critical viewers. Enrollment limited to 60. Priority given to Smith College film studies minors and Five College film studies majors.