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The Search for Cinematic Identity

Semester and Year FA 2016
Course Number ARTS-UG1606
Section 001
Instructor Pedro Cristiani
Days W
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
6:20 PM - 7:35 PM
Units 4
Level U


Please note this course includes an additional, required meeting hour (Thu, 6:20-7:35) for weekly film screenings.


This arts workshop explores the question of identity through the cinematic expressions of different cultures, while guiding the participants to create and develop their own visual storytelling journey. Students will be introduced to the practical stages of an independent digital production, and will generate, as a final project for the course, a short film that represents their unique storytelling identity, translating their personal point of view into a coherent narrative experience. These narrative tools will emerge from the first part of the course, which focuses on the analysis of short and feature film productions from Asian, European, and Latin American directors. In considering these global examples, we will study the approach to storytelling through the influences of texts of faith, and social and cultural identities. In-class screenings will include  In the Mood for Love  [2000, Wong Kar Wai, Honk Kong],  El Laberinto del Fauno  [2006, Guillermo del Toro, Spain],  Padre Padrone  [1977, Paolo e Vittorio Taviani, Italy],  Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain  [2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France],  Wings of Desire  [1987, Wim Wenders, Germany],  Moebius  [1997, Gustavo Mosquera, Argentina],  Spirited Away  [2001, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan],  An Angel at my Table  [1990, Jane Campion, New Zealand],  Amores Perros  [2000, Alejandro Iñarritú, Mexico], and  Stoker  [2013, Chan-wook Park, USA]. For more details, please visit the course website:


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)