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[FILM 2020] Cinema History 2: 1930s-60s

September 23, 2020

Pena, Richard Silver_nugget
[FILM 2020] Cinema History 2: 1930s-60s

The most amazing professor I've ever had. I've taken several film classes with him, and they have all been amazing. He is extremely knowledgable, which makes his lectures fascinating.

Workload:

Manageable if you like watching films!

October 30, 2019

Pena, Richard Silver_nugget
[FILM 2020] Cinema History 2: 1930s-60s

Richard Pena is a really knowledgeable professor to be sure. However, the course is poorly constructed. Each lecture feels like a random set of facts about a certain film or director with a few historical facts thrown in there. I also hate to say this but the auditors in this class, who make up surprisingly half of the class, are super distracting. Most of them are older, which isn’t fundamentally an issue, but they treat the course like a FILM CLUB. To their credit, they aren’t that far off. This class feels less like a film history class due to the content of the course and how it’s presented. However, they frequently make irrelevant comments in class and ask pointless questions.

All this being said, the class is fairly straightforward (easy if you will). There’s only four sets of papers/film responses. Show up for every class and screening and you’re okay.

TLDR: This class doesn’t feel like a real history class but it’s pretty easy to get a good grade if you show up to everything and turn in your work on time.

Workload:

Four sets of 3-4, 2-3 page papers. Attendance in lectures and screenings.

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