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American Film History 1930-1960

May 10, 2007

Kates, Jesse (TA)
American Film History 1930-1960

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Nice laid back guy, but kind of a harsh grader.

Workload:

2 five page papers

May 10, 2007

Sarris, Andrew
American Film History 1930-1960

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Sarris is 78 and looks it. he doesn't really have anything to do with the course other than film selection and comments before and after screenings. However, i really like him. He seems like a genuinely nice guy. he's very unpretentious and has a nice sense of humor. The course is run by the TAs, but Sarris sets a nice laid back tone.

Workload:

2 papers 5 pages each. That's it. Seriously.

September 18, 2003

Insdorf, Annette
American Film History 1930-1960

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If you decide that you are going to major in Film, there is no way to avoid Annete Insdorf. While you will occasionally find a student who really likes her and has nice things to say, Insdorf is hard to love. Her lectures are just that, opportunities for her to talk AT you for an hour and a half and, unlike every other professor in the department, she does not encourage students to "jump in" and ask her questions, raise ideas, etc. However, I've had some really annoying kids in lectures who loved the sound of their own voice, so maybe her lack of interest in student participation is a blessing...depends on your perspective. Her lectures emphasize visual metaphors in the films watched and are pretty light on theory- a good thing. However, her style of lecturing is akin to listening to an encyclopedia talk: everything is written out beforehand and simply read off the page. Again, maybe this is a personal thing, but I can't help but feel she does a lot by rote and does'nt really engage with the material afresh every class. It's obvious that she has delievered the same lectures a hundred times and she seems fine with just reading off her (English Major-esque) analysis. If you do take this class, don't piss her off by leaving early or not going to discussion section...she holds grudges.

Workload:

There are actually tests in this class. What, tests? Yes, like a real 2-3 hour midterm and final with short answers and several essays. Plus there was a final paper too. It's all doable, no question, but tests are a pretty unique occurence in most film classes...

August 10, 2002

Insdorf, Annette
American Film History 1930-1960

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Insdorf is a godsend for film aficionados and majors who are interested in taking a literary approach to film analysis. Her lectures are engaging and densely packed with information. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She truly loves the films she shows, and this comes through in her lectures. Experienced film students will find the deficit of Film Theory either a welcomed break or a disappointment depending on their tastes, and novices will not have a hard time keeping up. The class is also conveniently broken down into a screening, followed by the lecture - Students pressed for time can skip screenings of films they have already seen and walk in for the lecture.

Workload:

2 papers (5-7 pgs.), weekly discussion sections, in-class midterm and final. Tests are VERY long, but not particularly difficult. Readings are optional depending on the TA.

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