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Fall 2012

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HUM245 - Hitchcock Films
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents an in-depth examination of Alfred Hitchcock's directorial style and its formation from 1922-1976. Analyzes one of Hitchcock's favorite themes; an innocent man involved through unusual circumstances, falsely accused of murder, and forced to find the real murderer himself. 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 exam, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

1.Certain formulaic conventions that distinguish Hitchcock films from other films of comparable genre, including but not limited to issues of plot, character development, dialogue, and cinematography.*
2.Film vocabulary, including but not limited to the term "auteur", shot, lighting.
3.At least three basic methods of analyzing the films of Hitchcock.
4.How the films of Hitchcock have influenced at least three subsequent movie makers.

* 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.Plot
II.Character
III.Development
IV.Dialogue
V.Cinematography

Alfred Hitchcock films to be shown:
The Lodger
Blackmail
Secret Agent
Rebecca
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Suspicion
Rope
The Stranger on a Train
To Catch a Thief
Vertigo
Psycho
Frenzy
Family Plot



Effective Term: Fall 2012