Films for Documentary Lecture

Next week's discussion will be about documentaries, focusing on the following directors/films. You can use to get a quick overview of what they are about. Watching or having watched any of them would be great, but I've highlighted (in bold) six that we will discuss at length. Agnès Varda, The Beaches of Agnès (2008), The Gleaners... Continue Reading →

Fayad Shahim & Dillon Keane

This is a tableaux exercise by Fayad Shahim and Dillon Keane, film seminar 2015. It was inspired by Ozu's film Late Spring (1949) and it was limited to one framed view. You can tell something is happening, although you don't know exactly what, the viewer is invited to speculate as to the specific content of... Continue Reading →

Ceiling or no ceiling

Even an abbreviated tour of the history of cinema has to include the tour the force that was Citizen Kane (as well as the accompanying book-length critique by the fabulous Pauline Kael). And to truly comprehend the huge leap that was this 1941 film we looked at The Gay Divorcee, 1934, the Fred Astaire and Ginger... Continue Reading →


Due next week, a photo-narrative, ten to fifteen well framed "still shots" that hold together as a narrative sequence (although the exact narrative can be ambiguous). It must be "inhabited space" as we defined it in class. Some examples follow: The emphasis is on "tableaux." Still camera, gravity line parallel to the sides of the... Continue Reading →

Film Seminar January 2017

2016: La La Land, 20th Century Women, Moonlight, Weiner 2015: Room, The Big Short, Inside Out, Chi-Raq, Brooklyn 2014: Boyhood, Birdman, Citizenfour, The Imitation Game, White God 2013: Gravity, Nebraska, Her Pedro Almodóvar Robert Altman Paul Thomas Anderson Wes Anderson Susana Bier Sofia Coppola Claire Denis Jean Luc Godard Ethan Hawke Jim Jarmusch Spike Jonze Charlie Kaufman Abbas Kiarostami Stanley Kubrick Mike Leigh Spike Lee Richard Linklater David Lynch Sally Potter Pipilotti... Continue Reading →


Any film course worth its salt must necessarily include the study of Ozu’s films. He is a cinema master and a favorite with architects because of his particular framing devices. The film I’ve chosen for you this week is representative of his films’ content & form, and it also includes a scene that summarizes our... Continue Reading →

The Kuleshov Effect

What better way to start messing about with film than to go back to its technical and theoretical start, to parallel our own learning with film’s history? The editing work by Soviet filmmakers (Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Lev Kuleshov) opened up, I would argue, its true architectural space; it was only after film space was... Continue Reading →

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