30.273 Film II: Night Visions

A study of significant cinematic works in their social contexts, with emphasis on the 21st Century. Students will use the vocabulary of film studies to examine 10 or 11 films, possibly Burton & Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Kaufman & Jonze, Being John Malkovich; Arriaga & Iñárritu, 21 Grams; Russell, I Heart Huckabees; Fincher & Palahniuk, Fight Club; Verbinski & Conrad, The Weather Man; Demme & Lumet, Rachel Getting Married; Ethan & Joel Coen, A Serious Man; Zeitlin & Alibar, Beasts of the Southern Wild; Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom. Films studied could change from year to year. This is not a course in film-making.

No prerequisite.