The course introduces students to the study of film, its history and aesthetics and their application to individual films and film movements. Students will become acquainted with basic elements, terminology and theories of critique and inquiry in film studies. These include genre theory, auteur theory, semiotics of film and the analysis of form as opposed to content. More than an overview, the goal is to train students to view films critically and with an informed awareness. Readings as well as screenings will be required.