FILM AND ART HISTORY

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Film Studies

Course Number: 
255
Institution: 
Smith College
Topics course. Same as ARS 280 Since the beginning of cinema, the decadence of the ancient Romans has been a subject of fascination. Starting with HBO's Rome (2005-2007) and Ridley Scott?s Gladiator (2000), we'll explore the multiple sources of the visual tropes used to construct this universe and seek to analyze it in aesthetic, historical, and ideological terms. Their twentieth-century counterparts from films of the silent era to Hollywood epics like Spartacus (1960) and Cleopatra (1963) as well as cult classics like Caligula (1979) will be scrutinized in order to gain an understanding of how the Romans functioned cinematically as cultural signs in varying historical contexts. Enrollment limited to 20.
Comments: 

Topic: Swords and S(c)andals: Ancient Rome in Film. Pending CAP approval.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Crosslisted Section ID: 
39834
Schedule #: 
39899-S13

Course Sections

FILM AND ART HISTORY
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Barbara Kellum

bkellum@smith.edu

TTh 10:30-11:50; Th 07:00-11:00

HILLYR 103; HILLYR 103