FSEM 114 REEL CITIES
This course will examine the relationship between film and cities. We will look at how perception of urban environment and how films depicts specific urban spaces and urban experience. Through the movies, we are able to see, hear, and share the lived experiences of urban dwellers around the world. Using film as a lens to explore and interpret various aspects of the urban experience in both the U.S. and abroad, this course presents a survey of important developments in urbanism from 1900 to the present day, including changes in urban anomie, ghetto, industrialization, and inequality.
Although this class will include a lot of films, it will not be a course on the history of films or the technical aspects of filmmaking. For our purposes, we will view, analyze, and discuss, our focus will be to learn what they can teach us about cities – past, present, and future and the various elements that come together, and find a possible solutions to the urban issues addressed in the films (3 credits).