MEL HOPPENHEIM SCHOOL OF CINEMA
2006-2007 FILM STUDIES SUMMER SESSION, SEMINARS, NEW COURSES, SPECIAL TOPICS,
AND ROTATIONAL LECTURE COURSES
This Film Studies Bulletin is designed to assist you with your course selection during registration.
For example it contains information on rotational lecture courses which are not normally offered every year.
Some may be offered once every two years, while others may not be offered again while you are at
Use this Bulletin along with the Undergraduate Class Schedule and the Undergraduate Calendar as
you select your courses. This Bulletin does not contain the full list of Film Studies courses to be offered in
2006-07. Courses such as Studies in Film Directors and History of Film Since 1959 are described in the
Calendar, listed in the Class Schedule and are offered every year. You should consider the full range of
Film Studies courses as you make your selection.
Seminars are described in section II of this Bulletin. Seriously consider taking a Seminar if your
grades in Film Studies classes have been at least at the B+ level. Seminars allow a small group of students to
follow topics in detail outside the large classroom environment. Film Studies advisors can give you the
required written permission to register and can provide more information about Seminars. Phone the School
of Cinema Office (848-2424 Ext. 4666) to make an appointment with a Film Studies advisor.
I. SUMMER 2006
FMST 212/1 BA FILM AESTHETICS (6 credits)
Summer 2006, May 8 — Aueust 17
Monday and Wednesday: 18:00-22:00
FMST 335B/1 AA ASPECTS OF NATIONAL CINEMAS (3 credits)
Special Subject: Indian Cinema
Prerequisite: Second-year standing (66 or fewer credits remaining in degree programme).
Summer 2006: May 8 — June 21
Tuesday and Thursday 18:00-22:00 VA 114
Instructor: Thomas Waugh
This survey of the largest film industry and one of the most dynamic film cultures in the world is
offered again in 2006. A range of historical, generic and regional styles will be scrutinized: from the
Bollywood extravaganza to the “New Wave” art cinema of recent generations by such directors as Ritwik
Ghatak and Ketan Mehta. Special topics given particular emphasis will be the renaissance of social issue
documentary and the work of pioneering Bengali director Satyajit Ray. In 2006, a special tie-in will be
Phantom and Fact: India in Western Film and Video, a screening/forum event organized at Concordia, the
Goethe-Institut and the Cinémathéque québécoise in the first weeks of May. A journal course requirement
will be connected to this survey ranging from orientalist potboilers to personal explorations by Louis Malle
and Jean Renoir and diasporic voices like Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair. The second assignment will be a
choice of takehome exam or research termpaper.
Il. FALL/WINTER 2006-07
FMST 335N/4 ASPECTS OF NATIONAL CINEMAS (3 credits)
Special Subject: Sub-Saharan African Cinema
Prerequisite: 24 credits completed.
Instructor: Peter Rist
The course will provide an introduction to the cinema(s) of Sub-Saharan Africa. We assume that
students who register for the course will have a strong interest in learning about the subject, but will not
necessarily have much knowledge of African cinema(s). Indeed, although we expect that most of the
registrants will be pursuing a degree in Cinema, the course is open to students who are majoring in any
discipline at Concordia University, as long as they demonstrate a very strong interest. The first three-week
segment of the course will focus on Senegal, particularly the films of Ousmane Sembene, two weeks will be
devoted to Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, and the centralized institutions of Sub-Saharan African cinema, and
the rest of the course will consider films of other countries, including Nigeria and South Africa, and specific
topics such as women and African cinema. For two weeks, Associate Professor Cilia Sawadogo will guest
lecture on African Animation. Course assignments will include written work, and, possibly, an in-class
It is planned that a group of between ten and fifteen students may travel to attend the bi-annual
FESPACO film festival in Ouagadougou from February 24 - March 3, 2007, and a seminar offered by
Gaston Kabore at his film school in Burkina Faso. Students who are interested should contact Peter Rist or
Cilia Sawadogo over the summer. It should be possible to register for this "seminar" as an independent study
for an additional 3 credits. If we are successful in organizing this trip it will occur during Concordia
University study week and either the week before or after, whichever best coincides with the festival.
Students will need to raise funding to support their travel.
FMST 391/4 SEXUAL REPRESENTATION IN CINEMA (3 credits)
Prerequisite: 24 credits completed; or 6 credits completed in the Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in
Instructor: Thomas Waugh
This large-enrolment interdisciplinary course is designed for students in the programs in sexuality
and film studies as well as for any student interested in sexuality, cinematic representation and cultural
studies in any departments. The syllabus investigates sexual imagery and narrative as art, communication
and socio-cultural phenomenon, as utopia, taboo, fantasy and commodity. Four-hour weekly meetings
include lectures and screenings of films and videos ranging from mainstream and erotic features to
experimental shorts, and scanning a century of film history. Course requirements consist of a team research
project and a final choice between takehome exam or research termpaper.
FMST 398E/2 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FMST (3 credits)
Special Subject: Stanley Kubrick
Prerequisite: 12 credits in Film Studies
Instructor: Mario Falsetto
Stanley Kubrick was a key filmmaker of the contemporary era. Kubrick’s films are technically
dazzling, intellectually stimulating and always involve serious investigations into the nature of film form.
This lecture course will closely examine the complexities of meaning generated by Kubrick’s films, paying
Particular attention to questions of narrative and style. The course will explore how the films’ thematic
investigations relate to and evolve out of their stylistic and formal operations. Most of Kubrick’s major work
I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963), 200]: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork
Orange ( 1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining ( 1980), Full Metal Jacket ( 1987), and Eyes Wide Shut
(1999). Through a combination of lectures, close analysis, discussion and readings we will attempt to
thoroughly examine the work of one of the great filmmakers of the 20" Century. Required Reading: Stanley
Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis (Revised 2™ edition) by Mario Falsetto (Praeger Press, 2001).
FMST 3981/2 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FMST (3 credits)
Special Subject: Visconti & Pasolini
Prerequisite: 6 credits in Film Studies*
Instructor: Thomas Waugh
Italians Luchino Vis and Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975). Aside from their grounding in
Italian national culture and the postwar neo-realist cinema, the two filmmakers had much in common: their
Marxist political Perspective; their use of literary adaptation as a Principal artistic source and their
involvement in the other arts; their interest in sexuality as the motor of history and their openness
FMST 414B/4 SEMINAR IN FILM DIRECTORS (3 credits)
Special Subject: Independent Filmmakers of the 80’s and 90’s
Prerequisite: 18 credits in Film Studies and written permission of the School of Cinema.
Instructor: Mario Falsetto
The 1980’s and 1990’s saw an explosion of independent filmmakers in the U.S. Independent
filmmakers have produced some of the most audacious works in the contemporary cinema, as well as some
of the most conventional. At their best, however, independent films often involve risky formal
experimentation and treat difficult or unconventional subject matter. Independent films have also given
voice and perspective to a large number of “outside” voices such as ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, and
women. But what exactly is an independent film? Most would argue it is a film produced with no
involvement of the major Hollywood studios. An independent film is also one which represents the personal
vision of an individual filmmaker. Although it has always been possible to produce “personal” films within
the studio systems, as the careers of Hitchcock, Welles, Scorsese, Penn, Altman and innumerable others will
attest, it has become increasingly difficult to achieve such individuality within the studio system over the
past two decades. Also, as more and more “independent” films are produced by “mini-majors” or
independent film companies wholly or partially owned by the major studios, the line between an independent
film and a studio production has become increasingly blurred.
This seminar will examine independent filmmaking of the last two decades with a focus on American
independent film directors. In an attempt to explore what some have called an “indie” style of filmmaking,
as well as different industrial contexts, examples will also be drawn from Canada, Ireland, and the U.K. The
course will explore a wide range of films with a view to examining their production history, how the films
are specifically organized, and how they create meaning. As well, the industrial context of the films and the
relationship of independent filmmakers to the Hollywood studio system will be examined. Filmmakers to be
studied will be drawn mostly from the following list of directors: Jim Jarmusch, Michael Almereyda, Sam
Mendes, Gus Van Sant, Robert Altman, Neil Jordan, Atom Egoyan, Julie Taymor, Todd Haynes, Terence
Davies, Spike Lee, Joel Coen, Anthony Minghella, Paul Thomas Anderson, Nancy Savoca, Richard
Linklater, Lodge Kerrigan, Michael Polish, Neil Labute, and Todd Solondz. Each student will be expected
to make one in-class presentation. Required readings will include two volumes of interviews with film
directors by Mario Falsetto: Talking Movies: Conversations with Film Directors About Movies That Matter
(Praeger, 2006), and Personal Visions: Conversations with Contemporary Film Directors (Silman-James
Press, 2000). This will enable us to begin our explorations from the specific point of view of film directors
and what they have to say about their work.
FMST 4165/4 SEMINAR IN FILM HISTORY (3 credits)
Special Subject: Film Exhibition and Reception
Prerequisite: 18 credits in Film Studies and written permission of the School of Cinema
Instructor: Haidee Wasson
in, the shopping mall, the living room). We will also focus on new technologies (television, widescreen,
amusement to art to hand-held gadget. Throughout, changes to film form and appearance will guide class
discussion. Weekly screenings,
FMST 418/4 SEMINAR IN ENGLISH-CANADIAN FILM (3 credits)
Prerequisite: The program head’s written permission will be accorded to those who have completed Film
Studies 214, English Canadian Film or the equivalent, or have a second year standing in any university
programme. Particular non-academic qualifications can also be considered as a pre-requisite in exceptional
Instructor: Thomas Waugh
1. World War II: Home and the World. A reassessment of the famous body of NFB propaganda films
made between 1939 and 1945 which is sometimes seen as the founding text of Canadian cinema.
2. Digital/electronic identity. An in-depth assessment of the emergence of autobiographical and other
identity discourses in film and video within the new small formats over the last fifteen years.
FMST 421/2 SEMINAR IN SCRIPT ANALYSIS (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Written permission of the School of Cinema.
Instructor: Carole Zucker
A study of the film script both as a basis for the construction of a film and as literature in its own
right. Film scripts serving as illustrations of a variety of issues are used, among these are: point-of-view,
voice-over, adaptation, character development, multi-story narratives, et.al. Several scripts by the same
screenwriter will be examined, as well different drafts of the same script. The course requirement is an oral
presentation to be given in conjunction with one or more students in the class. The oral presentation will be
supervised and guided by the instructor.
read. It is important to emphasize that the written word is paramount in this course, and although films will
be screened and discussed, the student who enrolls in Film Script Analysis should be committed to reading