ENGL-247 Action Cinema
Fall for 2017-2018
Noble-Olson, Matthew
This course will consider the action film as both a historical and contemporary genre of cinema. It will also explore the manner in which the action or lack thereof of the cinematic spectator is often imagined as a question of political commitment or activity. The contemporary action film has its roots in genres of the classical Hollywood era, such as the western and adventure. But it begins to develop into what we might now recognize as action cinema’s focus on the capable and usually masculine lone hero with the James Bond franchise in the early 1960s. We will study the development of the genre as well as its contemporary political and aesthetic meanings. Our analysis will emphasize issues such as the body, spectacle, and violence with special attention to representations of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation. We will consider films by directors such as: George Miller, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, Sergei Eisenstein, John Woo, and Alfonso Cuarón.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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