English 357. Cinema and the City
From its beginning, cinema has been fascinated with the city as a site of social cohesion, capital flows and intense ideological conflicts. From Hollywood to Bollywood to Hong Kong, from Soviet socialist realism to German expressionism, Italian neo-realism and the French New Wave, virtually all major film movements have a special relationship to the metropole. In this course, we will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between film production and consumption, urban space, architecture and cultural geography. Required weekly film viewing.