Professor: John Michalczyk, A.B., A.M., M.Div. Boston College, Ph.D. Harvard.
FM 38201 Documentary Film and American Society
A film can serve as a socio-political witness to the time and culture in which it is produced. Where feature films reenact a certain historical moment, documentary film brings a fresh understanding of a situation through interviews and archival footage. Course covers key documentary filmmakers from the 1930’s to the present including depression-era Pare Lorenz (The River and The Plow that Broke the Plains), WWII director Frank Capra (Why We Fight series), Fred Wiseman (Titicut Follies and High School), as well as contemporary documentarians such as Ken Burns (Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz), Michael Moore (Roger and Me, Sicko and Fahrenheit 9/11), and Errol Morris (Thin Blue Line, Fog of War and Standard Operation Procedure). Readings in American literature supplement screenings.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 15-May 7, Professor Michalczyk