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Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Bueller? John Hughes and Your First Year

Professor: A. Furgason


Term: Fall

Year: 2011

Course Code: FY-101-CO05

This course will give students a deeper appreciation of how and why the medium of film influences modern man along with the technical elements of the craft of filmmaking ... specifically in the films of John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink). The class examines how Hughes' childhood and cultural influences impacted his filmmaking. Students will become familiar with the major theories of the screen arts. An introductory understanding of semiotics will be achieved, which will allow students to read individual artifacts of the screen as text. Skills in critique and analysis will be emphasized. Students who successfully complete this course will have begun to develop a "critical eye" for the interpretation and analysis of the screen arts, as well as the language for critical discussion thereof.