In this course we will examine how American identity is represented and/or shaped and/or questioned in American Cinema. Issues of American history, culture, gender and race will be discussed through the use of appropriate films. The goal here is to gain a deeper understanding of how cinema reflects and negotiates dominant ideologies.
Case study: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) by John Ford.
Case study: The Wild Bunch (1969) by Sam Peckinpah.
Case study: Unforgiven (1992) by Clint Eastwood.
Case study: Saving Private Ryan (1998) by Steven Spielberg.
Case study: Full Metal Jacket (1987) by Stanley Kubrick.
Case study: The Hurt Locker (2008) by Kathryn Bigelow.
Introduction to gender.
Case study: Thelma & Louise (1991) by Ridley Scott.
Case study: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) by George Miller.
Case study: The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) by Ranald MacDougall.
Case study: Get Out (2017) by Jordan Peele.
Case study: Hidden Figures (2016) by Theodore Melfi.