C LIT 397 B: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

Cinema of Roman Polanski

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
MUE 153
SLN: 
11854
Instructor:
Gordana Crnkovic

Syllabus Description:

Course Description:

The films of Roman Polanski have attracted a world-wide audience and made him one of the most well known and best regarded contemporary directors. His acclaim spans from the early films of the 1950s, such  as Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)—directed while he was a student—to 2002’s The Pianist, winner of the Academy Award for Best Director, and most recently the controversial The Ghost Writer (2010) and claustrophobic Carnage (2011).  This course will explore Polanski’s remarkable cosmopolitan oeuvre, which spans more than five decades.  We will focus on Polanski’s most successful films, starting with his experimental Polish shorts, proceeding to his highly acclaimed English production Repulsion, then onto such Hollywood classics as Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown. We’ll move from there to his post-Hollywood, multinational productions, including such films as The Tenant and Frantic, his 1990s films Bitter Moon and Death and the Maiden, and then his lauded The Pianist, provocative The Ghost Writer, hyper-intense Carnage, and his newest, Venus in Fur (2013). The course will look into how Polanski’s movies adopt a number of different genres and aesthetic approaches to deal with the recurrent themes of solitude, victimization, and the idiosyncratic worldview of an isolated individual.

Additional Details:

The films of Roman Polanski have attracted a world-wide audience and made him one of the most well known and best regarded contemporary directors. His acclaim spans from the early films of the 1950s, such as <Two Men and a Wardrobe> (1958)—directed while he was a student—to 2002’s <The Pianist>, winner of the Academy Award for Best Director, and most recently the controversial <The Ghost Writer> (2010) and claustrophobic <Carnage> (2011).  This course will explore Polanski’s remarkable cosmopolitan oeuvre, which spans more than five decades.  We will focus on Polanski’s most successful films, starting with his experimental Polish shorts, proceeding to his highly acclaimed English production <Repulsion>, then onto such Hollywood classics as <Rosemary’s Baby> and <Chinatown>. We’ll move from there to his post-Hollywood, multinational productions, including such films as <The Tenant> and <Frantic>, his 1990s films <Bitter Moon> and <Death and the Maiden>, and then!   his lauded <The Pianist>, provocative <The Ghost Writer>, hyper-intense <Carnage>, and his newest, <Venus in Fur> (2013). The course will look into how Polanski’s movies adopt a number of different genres and aesthetic approaches to deal with the recurrent themes of solitude, victimization, and the idiosyncratic worldview of an isolated individual.

 

Catalog Description: 
Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
GE Requirements Met: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema Studies Elective
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am