Introduction to Film Studies

Films are all around us.  They entertain, persuade, provoke.  They seem universally comprehensible, their language common-sensical.  Yet, the language of the movies were fashioned in concrete historical situations, and have undergone many mutations.  Their attractiveness is instant, yet an enigma.  In this course we would be looking at some of the theoretical engagements with the power of the moving image. The objective of this course is to explore film as a language, what it is made of, how it is to be thought of, and how it is to be read, through some of the key debates in the field.