Modern Drama and Film

Course Number
LENG-321
Description

This course explores the elements of modern drama and film, including dramatic structure, theatrical spectacle, cinematography, conflict, characterization, aesthetics, acting, and directing. Students view a small number of films by directors such as Martin Scorsese, Julie Taymor, Francis and Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Quentin Tarantino, Susanne Bier, the Coen Brothers, Kathryn Bigelow, Alejandro González Iñárritu, or Christopher Nolan and read a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) or Diablo Cody (Juno). They consider Sondheim’s musical adaptation of Sweeney Todd and discuss several plays, choosing from such dramatists as August Strindberg, Anton Chekhov, Lorraine Hansberry, Samuel Beckett, Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Adrienne Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Caryl Churchill, Arthur Miller, Theresa Rebeck, and Yasmina Reza. 

Credits
3
Prerequisites
LENG-223
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Semesters Offered
Spring Only
Location
Boston
Department
LART
Course Chair
Mike Mason

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