ENGC92: Film Theory

ENGC92: Film Theory




Course Name: Film Theory

Instructor: Prof. Matthew Stoddard

Course Description: An introduction to the major theorists and schools of thought in the history of film theory, from the early 20th century to our contemporary moment. What is our relationship to the screen? How do movies affect our self-image? How can we think about the power and politics of the moving image? We will think about these questions and others by watching movies in conjunction with theoretical texts touching on the major approaches to film theory over the last century.

Course Features: In this course, you will:

  • An introduction to some major film theories and theorists of the 20th century. Through detailed analysis of theoretical texts alongside a variety of feature films, the course will explore the complexities of cinema's unique social, psychological, and political powers. We will look at how film theory has addressed topics including realism; industrialization and class politics; the ideologies of Hollywood; colonialism; feminism; and the representation of race.  
  • Includes films by Charlie Chaplin, Satyajit Ray, Agn├Ęs Varda, and others.  
  • Assignments will include an academic essay as well as shorter, and more informal, writing assignments. 


Delivery: ENGB52 will be delivered in-person.


Learn more about Prof. Stoddard's teaching and research, as well as how to contact him with any questions.


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