Oct 03, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
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US 223 From Gothic England to American Horror: Alfred Hitchcock’s Film

Although Alfred Hitchcock is noted for witty, clever, and suspenseful movies, this workshop course will focus on the suspense thriller films and their themes connected to spy intrigues, crimes of murder, and searches into bizarre worlds of horror.  This University Seminar will approach the director’s British films as reflecting social issues of violence connected to families (especially women’s roles) as expressed in the Gothic genre.  Concentrating on Hitchcock’s American movies, the second half of the course will explore the films’ social themes through the genre of Horror.  We will explore the rich artistic texture of the course films, analyzing them visual narratives in the genres of Gothic and Horror tales. To this end, the course will review basic elements of film analysis, providing a critical vocabulary allowing students to analyze this visual/verbal cinematic medium; the style focus will be on the way films use space as a visual language of fiction (editing, framing, mise-en-scene, etc.).  A discussion class focused on film viewing, discussion, and interpretation.