AARH 362 Significant Cinema Directors: Wes Anderson, P.T. Anderson, and their Influences

This course offers an in-depth look at the work and influences of contemporary independent filmmakers Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson, and situates our study of these directors in the context of auteur theory, film and art history, and cultural studies. We will closely examine the films in terms of mise-en-scène and cinematography, as well as their intertextual and cultural reference points. We will grapple with the changing discourses surrounding authorship studies, aesthetics, technology, and identity in the movies. We aim to understand each director as a prominent figure that operates both within and beyond the parameters of the director-as-auteur trope, and will deconstruct these tropes and traditions in order to create new narratives surrounding authorship and art in cinema that takes into account issues of privilege, power, and the nature of representation itself. We study these filmmakers as complex figures worth celebrating and deconstructing, and will analyze their work with both generosity and an awareness of these issues.

Prerequisite AARH 260 Introduction to Film Studies.
Contact: Dr. Shira Segal, Director of Film Studies Minor