Theater, Dance, and Film and Visual Culture Minors

2022 - 2023 Catalog

We have the following degrees:

Dance minor

A minor in dance requires completion of at least 8 courses in dance as follows. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of
another major or minor.

  1. Three credits from DANC 110
  2. DANC 111
  3. One course chosen from DANC 220, 240
  4. Four courses chosen from DANC 120, 202, 215, 225, 230, 233, 250, 292, 390, 402, 422
  5. One course chosen from DANC 190, 220, 240, 330, 340, 390, 403, 423; THTR 131, 209, 251, 253, 336, 338
  1. Three credits from:
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  3. Required course:
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    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


  5. Four courses chosen from:
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    • DANC 402 - Directed Individual Study
      Credits2
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by undertaking a performance project. Students must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision and must develop a written proposal defining the issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. The project must include written, historical, and practical components, and permission must be secured in advance of registration. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


    • DANC 422 - Directed Independent Research
      Credits2
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Students will enrich their academic experience by pursuing advanced study in a specialized area of dance. Permission to undertake directed individual research is a privilege granted to students who have demonstrated their ability to work with little supervision. The student wishing to undertake the class must develop a three- to five-page written proposal that includes the problem or issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology to be used in executing the research, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completing it. Student must secure approval for the research by the faculty advisor of the project. May be repeated for credit.


  6. Once course chosen from:
    • DANC 190 - Special Topics in Dance
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      An introductory studio course that include selected studies in dance with a focus on history, choreography, performance or production. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


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    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


    • DANC 330 - Experiential Anatomy
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      A study of human motion as it relates to the locomotor and physical activities of the dancer. The course covers the planes of the body; vocabulary of the skeleton; and specific muscles, their actions, and how they relate to the dancer's body. Injury prevention through alignment and proper movement is considered, as well as the reversal of body alienation. Attention is given to the application of course information to technique class and performance.


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    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


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Film and Visual Culture minor

A minor in film and visual culture requires completion of 18 credits from six courses. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must use at least nine (9) credits not also used to meet the requirements of any other major(s) or minor.

1. Introductory course: ENGL 233 or FILM 233
2. Capstone course: FILM 413 or other departmental directed study (e.g., 403) approved in advance by the department head of Theater, Dance,and Film Studies
3. Four additional courses from the following, with at least one in each of the three categories.

a. Film Courses: EALL 215; FILM 236, 285, 321 (ENGL 321); FREN 274; JOUR 212; POL 292; SOAN 225 and, when appropriate, ARTH 295; ENGL 292, 293, 295, 413; FILM 195, 196, 403, 423; LIT 295; ITAL 295; ROML 296; SPAN 290, 295

b. Visual Culture and Analysis Courses: ARTH 200, 244, 255, 258, 261, 262, 263, 264, 266, 267, 274, 356, 364; ARTS 223; DANC 220, 240, 340; CHEM 156; FREN 331; HIST 105; JOUR 319, 241, 270; PHIL 264; POL 290; REL 153; and when appropriate, FILM 403, 423

c. Production Courses: ARTS 111, 112, 120, 131, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 223, 224; DANC 120; FILM 222 (THTR 222), 237S, 238, 252S, 255; THTR 121, 141, 222 (FILM 222), 235, 241, 242, 251, 253, 297, 336, 337, 338, 361; and, when appropriate, FILM 195,403

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    • or other departmental directed study (e.g., 403) approved in advance by the department head of Theater, Dance,and Film Studies

  5. Four additional course from the following, with at least one in each of the three categories.
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  7. Film Courses:
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    • FILM 236 - Science Fiction & Fantasy: From Page to Screen and Beyond
      FDRHL
      Credits4

      Film, almost from origins, has been fascinated by the evocation of fantasy worlds and by the effort to imagine and represent future worlds filled with technological marvels.(Film is, of course, a medium obsessed by its own technological improvements from sound and color to 30 and virtual reality.) From such major directors as Lang and Kubrick to Lucas and Spielberg, science fiction has attracted some of the finest and most innovative directors. In this course, we study major examples of this phenomenon along with the technological history and philosophical speculations contributing to it.


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      (ENGL 321)


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    • ARTH 295 - Special Topics in Art History
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3-4

      Selected topics in art history with written and oral reports.


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    • FILM 423 - Directed Individual Research
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by pursuing advanced study in a specialized area of film and visual culture. Permission to undertake directed individual research is a priveleage granted to those students who have demonstrated their ability to work with little supervision. The student wishing to undertake this class must develop a three- to five-page written proposal that includes the problem or issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology to be used in executing the research, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. Student must be secure approval for the research by the faculty adviser of the project. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


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  9. Visual Culture and Analysis Courses:
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    • ARTH 200 - Greek Art & Archaeology
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Same as CLAS 200. An introduction to ancient Greek art and archaeology. We encounter some of the greatest works of art in human history, as we survey the development of painting, sculpture, architecture, and town planning of the ancient Greeks. We encounter the history of the people behind the objects that they left behind, from the material remains of the Bronze Age palaces and Classical Athenian Acropolis to the world created in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquests. We also consider how we experience the ancient Greek world today through archaeological practice, cultural heritage, and the antiquities trade.


    • ARTH 255 - Northern Renaissance Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of Northern painting from 1300 to 1600, examined as symbols of political, religious, and social concerns of painters, patrons, and viewers. Among the artists covered are Campin, van Eyck, van der Weyden, Dürer, Holbein, and Brueghel. Emphasis placed on interpretation of meaning and visual analysis.


    • ARTH 258 - Baroque and Rococo Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of the art and architecture that focuses on the stylistic and ideological issues shaping western Europe during 17th and 18th centuries.


    • ARTH 261 - History of Photography
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      An art-historical introduction to the history of photography, from its origins in the 19th century to the present day. Lectures and discussions examine photography's aesthetic, documentary, and scientific purposes; important contributors to photography and its history; the evolution of the camera and related technical processes; and issues of photographic theory and criticism. Photography is considered as a medium with its own rich history - bearing in mind stylistic shifts and changes in subject matter related to aesthetic, social, and cultural concerns - but also as a key component in the wider narrative of modern art.


    • ARTH 262 - 19th-Century European Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course begins in the late 18th century and covers major European art movements and criticism up to c.1900. Topics include the art of the French Revolution as an instrument of propaganda; the rise of Romanticism; the advent and impact of early photography; and the aesthetic and ideological origins of Modern Art.


    • ARTH 263 - 20th-Century European Art
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course covers major European art movements and criticism from the late 19th century through the 20th century. Lectures and discussions explore the implications of what it means for art to be/appear modern," the social and aesthetic goals of the early avant-garde, the "rise and fall" of abstraction, and artistic responses to post-war mass culture. Movements discussed include Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and New Realism."


    • ARTH 264 - Surrealism
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      Surrealism was one of the most multi-faceted and influential intellectual movements of the 20th century with a legacy and practice that continues today. This seminar examines the key writings and ideas that underlie surrealism with a focus on its artistic practice. We will consider works by artists including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Max Ernst; watch surrealist films; discuss the significance of dreams; and play surrealist games of chance.


    • ARTH 266 - American Art to 1945
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of painting and sculpture in the United States from its earliest settlement to about 1945. Lectures and discussions emphasize the English eastern seaboard development in the 17th and 18th centuries, though other geographical areas are included in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include art of the early colonies, the Hudson River School, Realism and Regionalism, and the reception of abstract art in the United States.


    • ARTH 267 - Art Since 1945
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      This course introduces students to art and art theory from 1945 to the present. The objectives of the course are: (1) to enhance student knowledge of the major works, artists, and movements of art in Europe and the United States since 1945; (2) to integrate these works of art within the broader social and intellectual history of the period; and (3) to help students develop their skills in visual analysis and historical interpretation. Among the issues we examine are the politics of abstract art; the ongoing dialogue between art and mass culture; the differences between modernism and postmodernism; and contemporary critiques of art history's prevailing narratives. This is a lecture course with a heavy emphasis on in-class discussion.


    • ARTH 274 - Art and Revolution: Mexican Muralism
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3

      A survey of public monumental art produced by Mexican artists Diego Rivera, José ​ Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico and the United States from 1910 to the 1970s. Lectures focus on art that promotes social ideals and the role that art played in building a new national consciousness in Mexico. Students also examine the impact of Mexican muralism throughout Latin America and the United States.


    • ARTH 356 - Science in Art: Technical Examination of 17th-Century Dutch Paintings
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      A survey of 17th-century Dutch history, art history, politics, religion, economics, etc., which links the scientific analysis of art to the art and culture of the time. The course begins on campus and then history, etc., will occur for a few days in Lexington and then proceed to Center for European Studies, Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands. Students visit numerous museums, hear guest lectures from faculty at Universiteit Maastricht, and observe at conservation laboratories at some of the major Dutch art museums. Students are graded by their performance on two research projects involving presentations and journals. Though students are not required to learn a world language to participate in the program, they are expected to learn key phrases in Dutch as a matter of courtesy to citizens of the host country.


    • ARTH 364 - Seminar on Art of the 1960s
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      An exploration of the art produced during the decade of the 1960s. A seminal period, it includes Pop Art, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Minimalism, and socially conscious and politically oriented art reflecting feminism and black radicalism. Emphasis is placed not only on the major artistic currents of the period but also on the broader cultural reflections of these movements. .


    • ARTS 223 - Paris: History, Image, Myth
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Participants in this course spend four weeks in Paris asking the following questions: how can photography capture Parisian life and Parisian spaces to document a sense of place? How can we use photography to observe the city's changing landscape as well as understand its rich past? Indeed, how has photography--the development of which is closely tied to Paris' history--altered the fabric of the city? Topics include the social and political transformations of the 19th century, the shifting geography of artistic Paris, and contemporary trends such as immigration and gentrification. Numerous museum and gallery visits will also play an important role in our time in Paris. This course is taught in close collaboration with HIST 210, creating an interdisciplinary context for students to explore the relationship of photography to the modern history and contemporary issues of Paris.


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    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


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    • FILM 423 - Directed Individual Research
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Students enrich their academic experience by pursuing advanced study in a specialized area of film and visual culture. Permission to undertake directed individual research is a priveleage granted to those students who have demonstrated their ability to work with little supervision. The student wishing to undertake this class must develop a three- to five-page written proposal that includes the problem or issue to be addressed, an outline of the proposed methodology to be used in executing the research, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. Student must be secure approval for the research by the faculty adviser of the project. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.


  11. Production Courses:
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    • ARTS 111 - Drawing I
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Development of skills and visual awareness through the study of the basic elements of drawing. Variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, ink and crayon.


    • ARTS 112 - Drawing II
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 111

      Continuation of Drawing I.


    • ARTS 120 - Photography I
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      An introduction to the methods and materials of photography, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and light. The course includes a combination of image presentations, technical demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques.


    • ARTS 131 - Design I
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      An introduction to the elements and concepts of two-dimensional design within the context of current digital technology, with an emphasis on contemporary computer software programs.


    • ARTS 217 - Painting I
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Emphasis on color, design and spatial relationships. Work from observation and imagination in oil and acrylic.


    • ARTS 218 - Painting II
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 217

      Continuation of ARTS 217.


    • ARTS 219 - Painted Light: Interpreting the Landscape
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteARTS 217

      This course begins with the introduction of en plein air , a French expression which means "in the open air" and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. We examine artists who have worked en plein air , past and present, study their work and methods, and then apply this knowledge to painting outdoors. Emphasis is on the way light and color define form and space. Students build on their knowledge of color theory through observation and implementation. Beginning with the concept of plein air, we quickly branch out to more interpretive and subjective uses of the landscape in painting, resulting in a cohesive body of work.


    • ARTS 220 - Photography II
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 120

      An introduction to digital photography, explored through a combination of technique and creative problem solving. Methods and approaches for editing, sequencing, and presentation are investigated. The course includes a combination of demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions related to historical and contemporary movements in the medium.


    • ARTS 221 - Antique Photographic Processes
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 120 or ARTS 121

      An exploration of 19th-century photographic processes within the context of the history of photography. Individual processes are learned through studio demonstration and intensive hands-on lab sessions. Processes covered in this course include salt printing, cyanotype, Van Dyke, kallitype, and platinum and palladium printing and toning, as well as wet plate collodion processes such as tintypes and ambrotypes. Students learn how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing from photographs that originate in either film or digital formats. In addition to technique, students learn the historical background of each process, as well as contemporary trends and artists working with these methods.


    • ARTS 223 - Paris: History, Image, Myth
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits4
      Prerequisiteinstructor consent

      Participants in this course spend four weeks in Paris asking the following questions: how can photography capture Parisian life and Parisian spaces to document a sense of place? How can we use photography to observe the city's changing landscape as well as understand its rich past? Indeed, how has photography--the development of which is closely tied to Paris' history--altered the fabric of the city? Topics include the social and political transformations of the 19th century, the shifting geography of artistic Paris, and contemporary trends such as immigration and gentrification. Numerous museum and gallery visits will also play an important role in our time in Paris. This course is taught in close collaboration with HIST 210, creating an interdisciplinary context for students to explore the relationship of photography to the modern history and contemporary issues of Paris.


    • ARTS 224 - Color Photography
      FDRHA Fine Arts Distribution
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 120 or ARTS 121

      An exploration of the visual and technical principles of color photography, as applied in the digital realm. Students learn the concepts of color photography through studio projects, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions of methods and artists, historical and contemporary. Students photograph in digital format and learn the craft of fine color printing in the digital darkroom.


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    • FILM 237S - Field Documentary
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      Experiential Learning. Taught by W&L faculty at the University of Cape Coast as part of the W&L in Ghana program. This course teaches students how to research, conceptualize and develop a non-fiction story idea into a film. Students receive instruction on effective research strategies, idea development, production planning, and proposal writing and pitching. They learn the theoretical, aesthetic, and technical principles of non-linear editing for documentary. Principally, students are taught how to: digitize and organize source material, create basic effects and titles, develop sequences, and organize and edit their raw materials into a polished final product. In addition to making films, we screen various documentaries, analyze the techniques, and put them to use in our own creation and editing.


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    • THTR 242 - Musical Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Students learn, through study of seminal texts and video clips of performances and interviews with performers, a basic history of the American musical theater as an art form, combining the talents of composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, and others. Students research musical dramatic literature and apply musical and acting skills in the development and performance of excerpts from distinctive musicals of various eras. Students develop constructive, critical methods in the process of practicing and viewing musical theater performance.


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    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


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Theater minor

A minor in theater requires at least seven courses. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in theater. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor.

  1. Performance: THTR 109, 121 (FILM 121), 141
  2. Literature: One course chosen from THTR 212, 213, 297
  3. Design/Technology: Choose one of the following: THTR 131, 209, 236, 238, 251, 253, 336, 337, 338
  4. Electives: Two additional courses chosen from the following, with at least one at the 300 level

THTR 100, 131, 202, 204, 209, 212, 213, 221 (FILM 221), 222 (FILM 222), 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 245, 251, 253, 290, 297, 336, 337, 338, 341, 361, 397, 403, 423, 453, 493
DANC 120, 202, 215, 220, 225, 230, 233, 240, 250, 292, 330, 340, 390
FILM 195, 196, 222 (THTR 222), 233, 236, 255
MRST 286

  1. Performance:
  2. Required courses:

  3. Literature:
  4. One course chosen from:

  5. Design/Technology:
  6. Choose one of the following:

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    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


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  7. Electives:
  8. Two additional courses chosen from the following, with at least one at the 300 level:

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    • THTR 242 - Musical Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Students learn, through study of seminal texts and video clips of performances and interviews with performers, a basic history of the American musical theater as an art form, combining the talents of composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, and others. Students research musical dramatic literature and apply musical and acting skills in the development and performance of excerpts from distinctive musicals of various eras. Students develop constructive, critical methods in the process of practicing and viewing musical theater performance.


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    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


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    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


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    • DANC 330 - Experiential Anatomy
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      A study of human motion as it relates to the locomotor and physical activities of the dancer. The course covers the planes of the body; vocabulary of the skeleton; and specific muscles, their actions, and how they relate to the dancer's body. Injury prevention through alignment and proper movement is considered, as well as the reversal of body alienation. Attention is given to the application of course information to technique class and performance.


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    • FILM 236 - Science Fiction & Fantasy: From Page to Screen and Beyond
      FDRHL
      Credits4

      Film, almost from origins, has been fascinated by the evocation of fantasy worlds and by the effort to imagine and represent future worlds filled with technological marvels.(Film is, of course, a medium obsessed by its own technological improvements from sound and color to 30 and virtual reality.) From such major directors as Lang and Kubrick to Lucas and Spielberg, science fiction has attracted some of the finest and most innovative directors. In this course, we study major examples of this phenomenon along with the technological history and philosophical speculations contributing to it.


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