Fall 2019 HC 421H: Cinema Manifestos and Movements

Fall 2019-2020

Professor: Peter Alilunas

4.00 credits

  • CRN 16654: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:50 @ CHA 201

This course traces in detail the various manifestos from the global history of cinema, positioning them within historical, aesthetic, political, and theoretical contexts. This course takes a broad approach, with a wide net to collect the efforts to shape—and often contain—what cinema could and should become. Topics include: the various European “waves” and movements, including Sergei Eisenstein’s approach to montage, François Truffaut and the other filmmakers committed to dismantling the entrenched French systems, Ingmar Bergman’s approach to the human condition, the British Free Cinema of the 1950s, the German Oberhausen group and the later New German Cinema, and Lars von Trier’s Dogme ’95 in Denmark; the Third Cinema of Latin America with filmmakers such as Fernando Solanos and Octavio.