To introduce the student to films of renown or of particular impact or influence in the English-speaking world (Canadian, American and Commonwealth), as well as to explore the social, political, and ideological contexts presented in these films.
Examination of the manner in which films both reflect anglophone culture and contribute to its development. Summary view of theoreticians who have greatly influenced film studies (Saussure, Frankfurt School, Freud). Exploration and analysis of the following topics: genre theory; women's vs men's film discourse; horror, science-fiction, fantasy; film noir, gaze theory, "starmaker" systems; apparatus theory.
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