FILM DISSECTION CLUB: DIGGING DEEP INTO MOVIES – IVY
Instructor: Dr. Justin Horton
This is a course for movie buffs looking to take their appreciation of cinema to the next level. We’ll examine how form—cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, costumes, and sets—impacts the cinematic experience and how we interpret films. Each week, we’ll drill down into film aesthetics by studying a diverse array of clips, from silent films to contemporary blockbusters, foreign movies to classic musicals. The last half of each session will be dedicated to dissecting in close detail a movie that students will watch for homework. Think of it like a book club for cinephiles. Film selections are subject to change.
Session 1: Cinematography and Mise-en-scene. Film selection: Rear Windo (Hitchcock, 1954)
Session 2: Editing and Sound. Film Selection: Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
Session 3: Genre and Narrative Form. Film Selection: The Deep End (Siegel & McGehee, 2001)
Additional Notes: Dr. Horton will supply free online access to the assigned films.
Dr. Justin Horton teaches courses in Journalism and Media Production at Marist, moderates the Blue & Gold student newspaper, and co-moderates the Marist Broadcasting Club (MBC). Prior to Marist, he taught courses in Film History, Theory, and Criticism at Georgia State University. His scholarly works have appeared in Cinema Journal, Cinephile, and The New Review of Film & Television Studies, among others.
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