Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2022

  • Auteur Theory – Feminist Directions: Agnes Varda and Chantal Akerman

    172 001 | CCN: 29124

    Miryam Sas

    Location: Dwinelle 142

    Date and Time: TU, TH 2:00pm - 3:29pm

    4 Units

    What is the impact of delving deeply into the work of one director over time, following her life and work in film? How does such a deep dive change our views of time, gender, and cinema? How do women directors navigate and intervene, challenging or overturning assumptions within the usually male-dominated world of cinema? This workshop course will explore the oeuvre of two giants of cinema who traversed the terrains of narrative and experimental work, and both of whom had an enormous influence on the directions of feminist thought and experimental film and art as a whole. Moving from narrative and New Wave era experimentation in the 1960s through essay films and experiments in media art in recent years, each of them made a unique contribution and had an unforgettable personal voice that can never be recreated, but that echoes through our own time in ever-changing ways. We will view six crucial films by each director, and explore the concurrent historical changes in thinking about film, sex and gender, history and duration.We will spend time being within and traversing their cinematic worlds, and learning the differing approaches to cinema each of their work invites.