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American Film History, Senior Seminar

March 22, 2006

Insdorf, Annette
American Film History, Senior Seminar

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I will not disagree with what most people have already stated about Annette.
She is quite the Cannes starlet, and she may well fantasize about her past, translating for Truffaut. She runs the department well from a public relations point of view --hey Columbia's undergrad film program still makes all the lists in spite of the fact that we don't have any real production classes, or equipment, or funding, or a way to meet real producers making films in the real world, or a dedicated networking apparatus to get our students out into real film jobs-- but she's not an empathic teacher, and that makes her lousy in the classroom. One can smile and smile and still be a villain. Well okay, she's not a villain, but she smiles too much. She just wants you to hand in work so she can scan it and give you a B. Her lectures are not dull or boring or rambling. They often sparkle. She will keep your attention even, but try talking to her in office hours, or during your senior seminar and you will see that her static artistic vision, her over-extended schedule, her pre-conceived notions, and the vague indifference behind that enormous smile are all really quite tedious.

July 24, 2005

Insdorf, Annette
American Film History, Senior Seminar

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

The leading lady of the Film Dept. behaves like a starlet -- self absorbed, she doesn't care to listen when you have questions or concerns. Instead, she picks up the phone and sends e-mails DURING her office hours, with you sitting right there in front of her. Who could blame her? She has so much schmoozing to do that she gets little time to actually worry about running an entire department.
Her American Film History course is interesting (and mandatory for film majors), with a good line up of must-see films and an occasional rarity. Her lectures, however, are repetitive and not very insightful, since, as everybody knows, she's been giving her lectures off notes written many years ago. As for the Senior Seminar, avoid her if you can -- she just wants you to hand in the goddamn paper. She doesn't really care if you're stuck in your research or if you haven't written a word until way pass the official deadline. There are other senior advisors who are actually interested in what you're doing, so look for their seminars instead.

Workload:

Tests and papers in American Film Hist and one paper plus thesis research and paper in Senior Seminar.

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