2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IDFLM 2700 Genres in Cinema

Film genres have evolved as a way to contain the stories we tell, and to establish expectations for the viewer. In this course we begin by looking at seminal films in 3 major genres, and then expand the conversation by exploring films that attempt to "hybridize" genres to create new and unexpected stories. Each week students will watch a film and discuss the components of its genre or hybrid. Homework will include readings, response essays, a research paper and the creation of short scenes in different genre styles.