Film Class

Class takes trip to OKC Museum of Art

Fitting with the season of love, students from the Film History & Criticism course (MCJL 4463/ENGL 3293) viewed In Praise of Love (Éloge de L’Amour), the latest release by French director Jean-Luc Godard. The film was presented by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as part of the museum’s special film program.

This event coincides with the course’s examination of “Auteur Theory,” the consideration of the authorship of films and evaluation of the creative forces involved in making films. Developing from the thoughts of French critic André Bazin, auteurism seeks to identify individual influences in creative works.

As one of the foremost practitioners of the French New Wave, a movement of filmmakers and critics exploring style and artistic control, Godard’s films counter accepted film techniques and tradition. In Praise of Love considers the search for narrative, history, and identity in a post-industrial, postmodern society by challenging the conventions of narrative.

Along with Auteur theories, Film History and Criticism has also studied theories of film as a medium, its form, its relationship to reality, and will study film culture, adaptation, genre, and will devote a portion of the semester to the influence of religion and spirituality in contemporary film. The course is a Special Studies/Genre course in the English and Speech Communication departments and is taught by Les Dart.

The films viewed in Film History and Criticism include:

Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein (1925).
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Wiene, (1921).
Birth of a Nation, Griffith, (1915).
Stagecoach, Ford, (1939).
The Bicycle Thief, De Sica, (1949).
The Seventh Seal, Bergman, (1958).
Chariots of Fire, Hudson, (1981).
Defending Your Life, Brooks, (1991).