ACC Film Appreciation

ACC Film Appreciation
CURRICULUM GUIDE - DE SMET JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL

Meets requirement | junior, senior | one-half credit | one semester

This course will focus on American films through two main approaches: genres and directors. The impact of media and mass communication on life in the twentieth century will also be explored. An historical context will be given for films that range from the 1910s to the present. Directors such as Chaplin, Keaton, Ford, Hitchcock, Welles, Demme, Coppola, Kubrick, Spielberg, Kazan, Peckinpah, Nichols, Tarantino, Redford, Cohen, Stone, Eastwood, Lee, Rosenberg, Robbins, Nolan, Fincher, and Scorsese will be studied, along with western, suspense, satire, war, gangster, comedy, drama, noir and horror genres. The films seen in class will be critiqued in several ways that draw upon various film theories and techniques. Films will be “read”—much the same way a book is read—concentrating on both style and themes. Students will prepare and give reports to the class on specific films and topics. Students will learn a historical overview, key terms and concepts, how a film is made, and how to give presentations on film. Each student will be responsible for an independent project, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, tests, written reports, reflections, content/detail quizzes and a media log

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