WSU-2013-World-Cinema-CourseThe Winona State University Film Studies Minor will offer a new course, “Film 221: World Cinema,” this summer. The online course will run June 3 to Aug. 9. All films are available on DVD from Krueger Library or via subscription streaming services.

The three-credit course provides an introduction to world cinema, with a focus on the history of film as an art form and its impact on society, politics and culture. There are no prerequisites, and the course counts for Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and WSU General Education Goals 6A (Humanities) and Goal 8 (Global Perspectives).

The course reading and films provide a survey of international trends, eras and movements in world cinema, with special attention to films that were either produced internationally, had significant global impact or were greatly influenced by directors or trends from other countries. Students will learn the techniques and influences of such important movements as German Expressionism, Italian Neorealism, and the French New Wave and their later impacts on films and filmmakers across the world. Likely films include such works as: “The Phantom Carriage” (Sweden, 1920); “The Rules of the Game” (France, 1939); “Tokyo Story” (Japan, 1953); “Black Orpheus” (Brazil, 1959); “Breathless” (France, 1960); “Solaris” (Russia, 1972); “Cinema Paradiso” (Italy, 1989); “Before the Rain” (Macedonia, 1994); and “Monsoon Wedding” (India, 2001).

The course additionally counts as an elective in WSU’s interdisciplinary Film Studies minor, and it is being supported with assistance from the International Programs office.

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