In this course we will watch, discuss, and write about movies. Given that film is an art form, not simply a form of entertainment, the objective of this course is to approach film as one would an artistic or literary text. We will seek to identify and analyze those elements through which artists create meaning — plot, theme, characters, et al, paying particular attention to the various methods of filmic narration, the function of mis en scene, styles of acting, and movies as a product of historical and cultural time periods. Assignments consist of one-page responses, a group analysis, and a movie review of a film viewed out of class. Signature of department chair required.