DMS 518 Cinema Poetics Survey

Glazier :: T 3-6:40pm :: CFA232

The question to be undertaken in this course is: what are the poetics of cinema? “Poetics” here means, how art is made — conceived, imagined, realized, and appreciated. In this course we will screen some of the great films in mid-century to late-century film with cultural emphasis  (with considerable Latin American cinema) by directors like Federico Fellini, Pedro Almodovar, Eliseo Subiela, Alejandro Amenábar, Akira Kurosawa, Bigas Luna, Julio Medem, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Luis Buñuel, Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro González Iñárritu (and possibly Passolini, Di Sica, and Antonioni) with an eye to those devastating moments in these works that give them lasting impact. We will read a few key essays about film and poetics, along with specific filmic poetic works to gain insight into what makes film expressive, how language and film are interwoven, and what it means “to make” in knotty new contemporary milieu. Like, what films are you NOT seeing and why? These are the works that do not seem to show up in class or on the screen, not independent and not mainstream but FILMS that draw from OTHER CULTURAL currencies — like these are the films that you should not leave UB without having seen. Film will continue to endure, regardless of format. The worldwide conversation. These are films, points of view to must form part of your palette, creative, critical, keen — viewed with your inner poet’s eyes. Readings are short, spontaneous explorations of voice, image, color, tone, mood, one page or a few words – poetic – (O’Hara, Duncan, Blaser, Creeley, Paz, Neruda, García Lorca, Borges, Ginsberg) that you can return to again and again. This is a course about experience the magico-realism of the screen, the vibrancy of the imagination, the rich cultural veins that drawn humans together in the image.