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Fall 2012

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HUM244 - Film Comedy
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines comic films about 20th century life, politics, morality, and science. Moves from zany, screwball comedy to slapstick comedy and then to sophisticated comedy, including the works of such master comics as Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, as documented by performance on semester objective exams, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

1.Conventions that distinguish comedy from other film genres, including but not limited to issues of plot, character development, dialogue, and cinematography;*
2.At least fifteen of the terms associated with film comedy (e.g. spezzatura, katastasis, etc.)
3.At least three plot variations common to comic film;
4.The message of comic films in relation to the individual and society;
5.At least seven of the "giants" of film comedy and their contributions to the genre.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I.History of Motion Picture & Fun Factory
a.When Comedy was King
b.Max Linder & Comic Genius
II.Tillie's Punctured Romance
a.The Gold Rush
III.History of Motion Pictures & The Comedians
a.Safety Last
IV.Mack Sennett Comedy Special
a.Happy Faces
b.The General

V.General Overview
a.Twentieth Century
b.It Happened One Night
c.Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
d.Duck Soup
e.Mr. Hulot's Holiday
f.Some Like It Hot
g.Play It Again Sam
h.The Cheap Detective
i.Young Frankenstein

Effective Term: Fall 2012