English 203

Graduate Readings: State of the Art Film: 1963

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2011 Miller, D.A.
Miller, D.A.
note new time: W 12-3 300 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

David Bordwell, On the History of Film Style; Andras Balint Kovacs, Screening Modernism; there will also be a course reader on b-space.


The course centers on the conception and practice of the so-called international art film around 1963. Without making a fetish of the date, it may be agreed that 1963 was a remarkable year: for quality of product, for the upsurge in points of distribution, and for the diversity of cinematic modernisms on offer. To stay within this moment's own canon (which has not entirely remained in our own), our primary object of study will be the films on Cahiers du cinema's top-ten list for 1963, reproduced below:

1. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard)
2. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
4. Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier)
5. The Trial Of Joan Of Arc (Robert Bresson)
6. Muriel (Alain Resnais)
7. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis)
8. Les Carabiniers (Jean-Luc Godard)
9. Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi)
10. (Federico Fellini)

To these we will add, also from 1963, The Leopard (Luchino Visconti), The Silence (Ingmar Bergman), and High and Low (Akira Kurosawa).

This course will fulfill the department's nonhistorical requirement.

This class is cross-listed with Film 240 section 3.

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