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.

This course will be offered in two sections on T, Th from 7:30 – 9:00 and from 9:00 – 10:30 am. If you’re interested in signing up for this course and can’t get in, don’t panic: get on a waiting list and follow up on it during the “perido de ajustes y cambios a la matricula” and the first week of class. This is a course for those who like the genre of fantasy. I will make this abundantly clear on the first day of class, so you should expect some spaces opening up during the first week of class. This is a course designed for real enthusiasts!

Feel free to comment on this posting with any questions you might have or contact me in other ways seen here. Here’s a copy of the flyer for the course. See you next semester!