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FILM UN2410 Laboratory in Writing Film Criticism. 3 points.

Priority is given to film majors.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Non-majors must also submit a writing sample, approximately 3 pages long, to cj2374@columbia.edu.

This course will focus on writing fresh, original, lively criticism, and on creating strong arguments for your ideas. We will screen films from classics to some currently in theaters. We will read, analyze and evaluate critical responses to them considering some crucial questions: How do you approach a new film? How do you approach one that has been written about for decades? Students will write short reviews and longer essays, including first-day reviews of new films and a final paper taking a longer look at a director’s career. Screenings in and outside class will be followed by discussion of critical approaches to the films, and by in-class writing exercises. This course assumes there is no right or wrong in criticism, no single best approach, just stronger or weaker arguments.

Fall 2018: FILM UN2410
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FILM 2410 001/66584 M 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Caryn James 3 3/12