Jul 15, 2024  
2024 January Term Course Catalog 
2024 January Term Course Catalog
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CORE 320 - Film Music: Sounding the Screen and the Pursuit of the Extra Narrative

This course fulfills the GIP requirement.


Type: In-Person
Course Meeting Days & Times:  MTTHF (when possible)  9:15 AM - 11:45 AM


Instructor(s): Michelson, Helena
Email: hm4@stmarys-ca.edu
Fee: $10


Course Description: Music lies at the heart of film. It can transcend, subvert, decenter, and refocus the film’s narrative space. Yet, its potent presence is at once immediately noticeable and invisible. In this course we will focus on one of the most conspicuous yet often overlooked aspects of film -its accompanying music. Reading from diverse authors with a variety of perspectives and viewpoints, we will explore different approaches how music is used in film, the role it plays, and examine how music relates and interacts with other elements of the film such as dialogue and visual elements. Our focus will be an eclectic mix of films produced in the last four decades coming from Hollywood and the international world of cinema, particularly Bollywood. Musical experience is helpful, but not required.

Prerequisites & Notes

Credits: 3

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