Visual and Environmental Studies S-158
Three Directors: Renoir, Hitchcock, Mizoguchi4 units
The class will study a number of films by Jean Renoir, Alfred Hitchcock, and Kenji Mizoguchi, great filmmakers who worked in the very different cultural settings of France, Britain, the United States, and Japan, and who took the art of film in their own distinctive directions of realism and fantasy. From the late silent era to the 1970s, these filmmakers created some of the most lasting and intriguing films ever made: Grand Illusion, Rules of the Game, Vertigo, Psycho, The Life of Oharu, Ugetsu, and others. Students will learn to do close shot-by-shot analysis, which will serve as the basis for broader discussion of each director's style, dramatic qualities, and human and philosophical concerns.
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