Understanding Mass Media
as Literature will allow the student to study the motion picture as a
literary medium. The primary
focus of the course will be the critical review and analysis of the motion
picture with applications of critical film theory.
Supplementing this study, the student will also have the
opportunity to learn about the historical evolution and development of the
motion picture, and be involved in hands-on experience in communicating
using the visual medium of video.
vital component of this course will be the study of the film through
screening of selected motion pictures that demonstrate the highest
qualities of both literary and visual technique.
This aspect of the course will be accomplished with both screenings
of full-length motion pictures as well as abbreviated clips from works
demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship.
The following is a listing of the complete, full-length motion
pictures may be part of the in-class activities:
no time will any screening material exceed District policies concerning R
who are absent on days in which full-length motion pictures are screened
as part of the class
will be required to access those films at their own time and expense in
order to make up required viewing assignments.
Film screenings may not be repeated NOR are the videos available
for students to borrow for home viewing.
any film appearing on this list is considered unsuitable material for your
child to view, please provide me with a written request to excuse your
child from the in-class screening, and an alternate assignment will be
more information concerning this course, ask your child for the Course
Syllabus, which will be available beginning Wednesday, January 8, after