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Intro to Film

September 17, 2007

Regan, Marie
Intro to Film

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Yeah, this is an intro to film class. Which means a pretty healthy mix of film nerds and first and second years who have no idea what the hell they're talking about, but like to think they do, anyway. What I don't get is why we even bother to read film theory when the T.A just glazes over it in class and doesn't even bother to elaborate on *any* of the major theorists referenced in the readings--how can you talk about the beginning of film without referencing Benjamin or Kracauer, especially to a bunch of freshmen who have no idea who they are? Anyway, Regan is okay, though rather rigid, she seems smart--despite the fact that she referenced the Russian constructivists as people who "constructed things into abstract art." I guess her, and the T.A's, missed the memo that film didn't develop in a vacuum. I'm obviously not a film major, but I'd much rather watch these films on my own time and skip the 5-
hour hell where people make such comments as, "I'm so over dialectical montage--they use it on FRIENDS!" Somebody shoot me.

Workload:

medium--about 60 pages of reading a week, which may seem dense to those who'd rather glue their eyes to a screen instead of read the theory behind it...

August 23, 2007

Regan, Marie
Intro to Film

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Very cold woman which is pretty much what everyone says. she does things her way ( like the first month of class we had to say our name after she pointed to us when we raised our hand. even if she knew our name she did this to fit into her "system." she reminded us and got a little angry if we didnt do this procedure). Not such an easy class for an intro. We arent encouraged to give opinions about films so she really takes any fun whatsoeever out of it. its all terms/history of film

Workload:

A few papers, some dense reading

August 16, 2007

Khaja, Jameel Silver_nugget
Intro to Film

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A really great professor. He managed to hold some engaging discussions at 10:00 in the morning in a dark viewing room with over 100 students. Not bad.

His syllabus offers such a range of films, from short experimentals to documentaries to classics to Top Gun. So chances are, you'll dislike some and like a lot of them. His rants- free associative reviews of the films in class- are a pretty cool idea, not nearly as tedious as they sound. I liked the photo assignment a lot. The papers are great because he gives you complete freedom in choosing the film AND the methods on which you are analyzing the film.

Take this class if you have a basic interest in film or if you want a fun elective that will expand your movie vocabularly. But as other reviews have mentioned, it is NOT an easy A. Your writing in particular has to be strong; writing for film classes is quite different then writing for other courses.

Workload:

A quick and painless rant every few weeks (1-2 pages, typed double-spaced), a fun photo project, midterm, and final papers. The readings can be heavy, but you can pace yourself as they're not really critical until you start writing the papers.

January 16, 2007

Regan, Marie
Intro to Film

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Regardless what a few reviewers said below, this is not a terrible class and Regan is not a terrible professor. She's a stickler to be sure. She hates tardiness and seems a little frozen in her ways, and unduly fond of the word "gaze," but she's not an altogether unpleasant professor to have. She knows her stuff, she facilitates a decent amount of class discussion and in my opinion the grading is entirely fair. As for the work load being heavy, that's a lie. The readings are short, relatively straightforward and only need be referenced in passing on the midterm and papers. At least half the class time each week is devoted to screenings, and they're all, almost without exception, excellent films. For an intro to film course, you could do worse.

Workload:

Pretty light. A short in-class midterm and two medium length papers.

November 14, 2006

Regan, Marie
Intro to Film

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Prof. Regan really knows her stuff when it comes to film, which sometimes makes her come off as arrogant or condescending towards students. The truth is, she's very approachable and honestly wants her students to understand the material. She is usually willing to meet with students before or after class and is open to questions and discussion during class. There is a lot of reading for this course, but you'll do well on the papers and midterm if you just follow directions and study. Regan's strictness in class makes her seem like a harsher grader than she actually is. Overall, this is a very intense and interesting course but be prepared to do the work. Regan is a great teacher who is excited about the material and eager to share her knowledge.

Workload:

-4-pg. paper, in-class midterm, final paper-Very dense theory readings (8-12 pages a week), plus easier textbook reading (usually around 20 pages per week)-Participation grade (at barnard)

January 22, 2005

Regan, Marie
Intro to Film

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she wants you to repeat what she teaches in the lectures. do that and you'll be fine. she's nice but not to warm and fuzzy. smart lady.

Workload:

5 page paper, midterm, 10 page final paper, oral presentation. if you participate and ask questions you'll find out what she wants- for you to agree with her.

January 05, 2004

Regan, Marie
Intro to Film

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I felt a duty to post something because I disagreed with most of the other reviews. I think that first one is too harsh: Prof. Regan does know her stuff, she is smart and has good tastes (I think). I thought the syllabus was well put together, even for "serious" film students. However, I agree that she does not know how to lead a discussion - partly this was the class' fault, but I think Marie could have done a lot better. I hardly ever gained real insight from the tedious discussions, and she rarely responded to student comments. They would go something like: "that first scene had lots of close-ups." "yes." "that part had colorful costumes." "okay." Also, the first paper was basically a test to see if we could spit out all the terms she'd written up on the board; it required no analytic effort. I know a lot of people had qualms with her grading, which was sometimes unreasonable and definitely inconsistent (and I have never complained about grading before at Columbia). Further, she missed the last few classes and the discussions were led by the TA and a guest lecturer. I had thought the discussions couldn't get any worse, but I was wrong - it was completely ridiculous. And to top it all off, she failed to bring the class evaluations on the last day. All in all, I can imagine worse, but a lot of things about this class annoyed me, and I would avoid it with Prof. Regan if possible.

August 29, 2003

Regan, Marie
Intro to Film

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This course does not fall under the heading of "easy elective." Intro to Film is definitely a film major's class or for people with a serious interest in film. Study Tips: a. Lecture notes, lecture notes and lecture notes. Most exam questions are lifted from the lectures. b. Understand all film vocabulary. c. Theory Readings. Since this is a theory class, the theoretical readings are crucial to papers, test, you name it.
The class is structured, focused, with fun and interesting lectures.

Workload:

Heavy reading, 2 papers.

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