Film Composition & Literature

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Course Description: This senior English elective will combine the traditional reading and analysis of classic works (such as King Lear and The Heart of Darkness) and modern works (such as V for Vendetta, No Country for Old Men, Zodiac,and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) with an introduction to film studies and how the medium of cinema interprets literature. A brief history of film and background instruction on film language and elements will be covered. Films to be studied: Apocalypse Now, No Country for Old Men, Blade Runner, V is for Vendetta, Ran, Citizen Kane, Zodiac, (plus more). Students will write one traditional expository essay (three - four pages) and create numerous storyboards, as well as several screenplays. Students will also be involved in one major group project. They will read five literary works, plus one film studies text, as well as numerous essays on critiquing film.

Comments: Senior elective. This course involves considerable reading, literary analysis, and film analysis.

UC / CSU Approved