552.286 (16W) Topics in American Cultural Studies: Introduction to Film Analysis (American)

Wintersemester 2016/17

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07.10.2016 08:00 - 10:00 , N.0.42
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LV Nummer Südostverbund
ENM03002UL
LV-Titel englisch
Topics in American Cultural Studies: Introduction to Film Analysis (American)
LV-Art
Proseminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
3.0
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29 (25 max.)
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All Eyes on Jack Nicholson

The basis of every academic film analysis should be the thorough investigation of the primary material in all its aspects. Although time consuming it is of the utmost importance to examine even the minutest details  in order to be able to assess their relevance. In this course we will take a close look at representative film sequences using the objective hermeneutic method.

Like no other actor Jack Nicholson enthralls audiences with his vast range of multifaceted roles. Due to his undisputable talent, he is one of the most frequently nominated male actors in the history of the Academy Awards and doubtlessly one of the greatest actors. 

Nicholson impresses as the recidivist Randle Patrick McMurphy in „One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest“. In „A Few Good Men“ he convinces as ruthless egomaniac Colonel Nathan R. Jessup. In spite of only playing a supporting role in „Batman“, Nicholson far outshines leading actor Michael Keaton. Nicholson's versatility is impressivly demonstrated in his outstanding performance as Jack Torrance, a loving family father who transmutes into an axe-swinging maniac in „The Shining“.

The aim of this course is to develop your academic "close reading" competence. This course is suitable for both, beginners and advanced level film analysis students.

Literatur

Worth reading (not mandatory)

  • Patrick McGilligan: Jack's Life: Biography of Jack Nicholson. New York/London: Norton, 1994
  • John Parker: The Joker's Wild. Biography of Jack Nicholson. London: Anaya, 1991
  • Thomas Koebner/Fabienne Liptay (publ.): Hollywoods Rebellen. Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn. München: Boorberg, 2009


Film selection:

  • The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960; D: Roger Corman)
  • Easy Rider (1969; D: Dennis Hopper, 1969)
  • Chinatown (1974; D: Roman Polanski)
  • The Passenger (1975; D: Michelangelo Antonioni)
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975; D: Miloš Forman)
  • The Shining (1980; D: Stanley Kubrick)
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987; D: George Miller)
  • Batman (1989; D: Tim Burton)
  • A Few Good Men (1992; D: Rob Reiner)
  • Wolf (1994; D: Mike Nichols)
  • Mars Attacks! (1996; D: Tim Burton)
  • As Good As It Gets (1997; D: James L. Brooks)
  • Something’s Gotta Give (2003; D: Nancy Meyers)
  • The Departed (2006; D: Martin Scorsese)
  • The Bucket List (2007; D: Rob Reiner)

Please perceive my film selection as proposal. If you are interested in unstated films, the selection can be modified.

Prüfungsinformationen

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

  • Presentation (30 %)
  • In-class participation (40 %)
  • Final paper, ~ 1.500 words (30 %)

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 15W.2)
    • Fach: Anglophone Cultural History and Theory (Pflichtfach)
      • ENM.003 Topics in American Cultural Studies ( 2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Introduction to Film Analysis (American) (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 4., 5., 6. Semester empfohlen
  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Culture Studies (Pflichtfach)
        • Cultures in Close-Up B ( 1.0h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Introduction to Film Analysis (American) (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Linguistic Basis (Pflichtfach)
        • Cultures in Close-Up B ( 1.0h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Introduction to Film Analysis (American) (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Fachliches Grundstudium Culture (Pflichtfach)
      • Topics in American Cultural Studies ( 0.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Introduction to Film Analysis (American) (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 3. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Fachliches Aufbaustudium (ab 11W) (Pflichtfach)
      • Modul: Culture (ab 11W)
        • Topics in Culture ( 2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)
          • 552.286 Topics in American Cultural Studies: Introduction to Film Analysis (American) (2.0h PS / 5.0 ECTS)

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