Fantasy Film Course

In the Fall of 2008 (and in the Spring of 2009) I will be teaching INGL 3345, a Topics in Film course that will focus on the fantasy genre. This is a course that takes a formalist and historical approach to this genre in film, which has its roots in the very beginnings of cinema with George Melies’ A Trip to the Moon in 1902. The course is at its core a formalist exploration of film as a medium for expression and is designed to provide you with the critical vocabulary and attention to technical detail that will enable you to look at movies with new eyes and get more from the experience. It will also survey major works of fantasy in film throughout the 20th century, paying special attention to directors and writers whose work had a strong impact in the genre.

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