Middlebury

FMMC 0252

Authorship and Cinema

Authorship and Cinema
In this course we will focus on two of the most important international directors of the past 50 years, Terence Davies (Great Britain) and Abbas Kiarostami (Iran). Though their cinematic styles are in many ways markedly different, there is also a striking similarity: each has as its cornerstone an aesthetic of realism, but this is balanced and even challenged by other features: in Davies, by a modernist stylization, and in Kiarostami, by a postmodernist reflexivity. We will trace the course of each director’s career, exploring the features that designate each as a cinematic author, and we will use each as a point of comparison for the other. Films by Davies will include Distant Voices, Still Lives; The Long Day Closes, The House of Mirth, and A Quiet Passion. Films by Kiarostami will include Close-Up, And Life Goes On, The Wind Will Carry Us, and Certified Copy. Note to students: this course involves substantial streaming of films for assigned viewing. (FMMC 0101, FMMC 0102, or instructor approval)
Subject:
Film & Media Culture
Department:
Film & Media Culture
Division:
Arts
Requirements Fulfilled:
ART
Equivalent Courses:
FMMC 0342

Sections

Fall 2020

FMMC0252A-F20 Lecture (Keathley)

Winter 2018

FMMC0252A-W18 Lecture (Grindon)

Fall 2016

FMMC0252A-F16 Lecture (Keathley)

Spring 2015

FMMC0252A-S15 Lecture (Uricaru)

Winter 2012

FMMC0252A-W12 Lecture (Grindon)

Fall 2011

FMMC0252A-F11 Lecture (Perry)

Fall 2010

FMMC0252A-F10 Lecture (Perry)

Fall 2009

FMMC0252A-F09 Lecture (Perry)

Spring 2009

FMMC0252A-S09 Lecture (Keathley)

Winter 2009

FMMC0252A-W09 Lecture (Grindon)