COML 1135

COML 1135

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

The theme of urban loneliness has elicited some of the best work in cinema history. This course asks: why are loneliness and the city so well suited for cinematic representation? Tackling the work of American mainstream directors, European arthouse masters as well as "global cinema" auteurs, we reflect on issues of belonging, longing, (digital) connectivity, and the pursuit of happiness in the modern city. Possible selection of films by Sean Baker, Coppola, Jonze, Kaurismäki, Kieslowski, Kim Ki-Duk, Loach, Gaspar Noe, Ulrich Seidl, Scorsese, Truffaut, and Wong Kar-Wai, among others. Course puts emphasis on close-reading and revision of writing.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19600 COML 1135   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
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