Introduction to Film

Fall 2007

Mary D. Been, Ph.D.




Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

--Ingmar Bergman




This semester's films:

  • La Belle et la Bete (Jean Cocteau) 1946
  • Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) 1989
  • Citizen Kane (Orson Welles) 1941
  • Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein) 1925
  • The Piano (Jane Campion) 1993
  • Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola) 1979
  • Harlan County U.S. A. (Barbara Kopple) 1976
  • Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog) 2003
  • Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale) 1935
  • Birth of a Nation (D. W. Griffith) 1915
  • Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau) 1922
  • Metropolis (Fritz Lang) 1926
  • The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa) 1954
  • Ran (Akira Kurosawa) 1985




Academic Integrity





Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.

-Frederico Fellini