Film Cafe 11

***This class is an elective only

Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

Ingmar Bergman

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Film is a young art form and a spectacular storytelling tool capable of engaging our interest and providing undeniable entertainment value. Films, like good books, give us the ability to transcend place and time and explore different worlds – historical, fantastical, or realistic.  In this course, students will be introduced to many films from a variety of time periods, genres, styles, and directors. As movies are visual narratives, they can be “read” or interpreted like novels, plays and poems; therefore, this course will be conducted much like an English class, with many of the same goals: to develop an appreciation of artistic expression, to hone analytical and critical thinking skills, and to articulately express thoughts and ideas.


  • Watching and discussing movies!  Viewing films is the single most important aspect of Film Studies. We will watch as many films in class as possible and talk about them all.  You will find that, even with films that you didn’t like or didn’t “get,” discussion with your peers increases your appreciation.  In addition to the films we watch at school, you will be politely asked to watch at least one film per week for homework.
  • Reading! The reading in Film Studies will be secondary to film viewing in our discussions, but just as important in terms of content. You may be assigned research, critical analysis essays, and film reviews.
  • Going Out to the Movies! As Hollywood North, Vancouver offers a wide variety of film-related activities and events. As true cinema enthusiasts, you will be asked to go out and participate in our city’s film culture beyond the local cineplex.
  • Communication! This course will require you to express your ideas about what you view in a variety of ways, written and oral.

Classroom Assessment and Evaluation:

Assessment is the process of gathering evidence about what a student knows, understands, and is able to do.  Letter grades will be assigned to final assessments according to the following scale.

  • A=86-100
  • B=73-85
  • C+=67-72
  • C=60-66
  • C-=50-59
  • F=0-49

Term Weighting

Participation – 30%

Film Journals – 30%

Major Assignments – 40%

  • Participation – This class depends 100% on you—on your comments, your suggestions, your enthusiasm, your insights, your interests, your involvement. The more you put in, the more you will take out.  Participation includes regular attendance, punctuality, engagement in class discussions and activities, and good work habits. Unexcused absences, regular tardiness, and use of phones in class will affect your final grade.
  • Film Journals – You will document your viewing of each film, do research, consider big ideas, ask questions, jot down personal thoughts and connections, and doodle in your film journals. You will use your journals as a basis for class discussion, and then hand them in for assessment on an ongoing basis each term.
  • Major Assignments – For each term, you will have a choice to work individually, with a partner, or with a small group.  You will also be given a variety of assignments to choose from and topics to explore.  Let your interests guide you!  You are encouraged to demonstrate your learning in a mode reflective of your interests and strengths.
  • I Reports, if needed, will be distributed mid-term as progress reports.