Review Comment

Introduction to Film and Film Theory

January 13, 2005

Regan, Marie
Introduction to Film and Film Theory

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I would recommend this course to anyone who has a genuine interest in film and a long attention span. If taken at Barnard, the course is a mix between a lecture and a seminar ("section-like" discussions take place during lecture).
Unfortunately, this means that discussion is rushed and high-stress, because everyone is expected to speak but there is only so much that can be said in response to Regan's focused questions. The selection of films was intriguing and variant, and it was especially interesting when supplemented with good theory readings. I would stress that this is a THEORY class. Regan does not care what the students think about the films unless it has to do with theory or formal elements. Grading seemed a bit inconsistent, so don't try to predict what you will receive. In fact, I would suggest you try to disregard grades altogether in this class because it can really take away from your experience in this particular course, and I also found that it was not reflective of what students were actually getting out of the class.

Workload:

weekly theory readings (which could be pretty long and/or intense), one short group presentation on an assigned reading, midterm, take-home final

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