Cinema and Everyday Life

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Film & Media Studies

Course Number: 
351
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as ENGL 381 and FAMS 351.) Film theorist Siegfried Kracauer declared that some of the first films showed “life at its least controllable and most unconscious moments, a jumble of transient, forever dissolving patterns accessible only to the camera.” This course will explore the ways contemporary narrative films aesthetically represent everyday life–capturing both its transience and our everyday ruminations. We will further consider the ways we incorporate film into our everyday lives through various modes of viewings (the arthouse, the multiplex, the DVD, the mp3), our means of perception, and in the kinds of souvenirs we keep. We will look at films by Chantal Akerman, Robert Altman, Marleen Gorris, Hirokazu Koreeda, Marzieh Makhmalbaf, Terrence Malick, Lynne Ramsay, Tsai Ming-liang, Agnès Varda, Wong Kar-wai, and Andy Warhol. Readings will include work by Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Marlene Dietrich, Sigmund Freud, and various works in film and media studies. Two class meetings and one screening per week.

Not open to first-year students. Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Professor Hastie.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Crosslisted Section ID: 
ENGL-381-01,FAMS-351-01
Schedule #: 
FAMS-351-01-1213S

Course Sections

Cinema and Everyday Life
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Amelie Hastie

ahastie@amherst.edu

MW 02:00PM-03:20PM

FAYE 113