FILMĀ 3620. World Cinema. 3 cr. hrs.

Studies the history and influences of world cinema from the earliest silent era, touching on the contributions of European pioneers, Soviet theorists and filmmakers and the German Expressionists; through to post-World War II "New Waves" in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and Japan; finishing with modern China's "Fifth Generation" and other flowering national cinemas of Asia and the Middle East. Studies how the language and components of film production differ in foreign cultures, examines key approaches and concepts represented by seminal non-U.S. filmmakers and tracks the influence of the artistic international cinema on the more commercial American film style and narrative. Prereq: FILM 2620, 2280 or cons. of instr.