The Face In Cinema
General Catalog Course Title:
Special Topics
Terms Offered:
Fall 2012

Cinema has always been obsessed with the thematics of the human face.  The close-up is most frequently associated with a revelation of intense human signification, with a rendering legible of the face as the signifier of the soul, and with the face as the privileged signifier of individuality, truth, beauty, and interiority as well as the most basic support of intersubjectivity.  We will examine the face in the cinema in relation to the star system, theories of desire and affect, and a history of representation of the face (Darwin, Galton, Duchenne, etc.)  We will also analyze the history of the portrait; histories of identity and identification (identification cards); and the current concern with facial recognition technologies.  Films by Dreyer, Hitchcock, Warhol, Wiseman, and others.  The course will address the current redefinition of the opposition between private and public, particularly in relation to the internet, the concept of the interface, and the apparent diminishing of face-to-face contact.

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