CRS483 Rhetoric of Film: Contemporary Cinema, Ideology and Pleasure (Spring)

Taught in English. What is a political film? Is the discourse displayed by the director through cinematic language easily readable? Do we, as viewers, share his or her ideology? How effective is film as a medium in stimulating a critique of the world? Two approaches are used to examine selected films: the socio-political method and the semiological method, which attempts to explain how film communicates. Most of the films were released in the last ten years and range from European to Middle-Eastern pictures. Each year part of the course will focus on a specific topic as treated by some of the most “politically committed” international filmmakers. Meets with FIL 300.5/LIT 400.5.

Course-related fee: A fee will be billed from Syracuse (2016 fee = $50 for cinema passes).

Department: Communications and Rhetorical Studies

Location: Florence

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3