Course Info

FILM 490: Advanced Topics in Cinema (Formerly DC 470)

Due to COVID-19, Spring in-class sections will be conducted online. Please contact your instructor for more information.

This class will be an in-depth examination of a filmmaker, film genre, or film movement that has had a significant influence on the development of cinematic storytelling and expression. Through lectures, screenings, readings, discussions, and critical writing assignments, students will analyze the distinctive traits of the selected topic within the broader context of cinema history and culture. Specific topics will be selected by the instructor and will vary with each quarter.

This course is repeatable.

Fall 2020-2021

Section: 101
Class number: 10785
Meeting time: Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: REMOT E0000
Instructor:
Section: 401
Class number: 16204
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: REMOT E0000
Instructor: Jose Soto | View syllabus
Topic: The Coen Brothers
Section: 701
Class number: 10740
Meeting time: M 6:00PM - 9:15PM
Location: REMOT E0000
Instructor:
Section: 702
Class number: 16177
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: REMOT E0000
Instructor:
Section: 703
Class number: 16208
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: REMOT E0000
Instructor:

Spring 2019-2020

Topic: Creative Producing
Section: 901
Class number: 30196
Meeting time: M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: REMOT E0000
Topic: Diy Pandemic Production
Section: 920
Class number: 37332
Meeting time: -
Location: ONLIN E0000 at Online Campus

Winter 2019-2020

Topic: The Heist Film
Section: 501
Class number: 25525
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Eric Marsh | View syllabus

Fall 2019-2020

Section: 101
Class number: 16425
Meeting time: Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: SCITY 00201 at Off Campus

Section 150

Class number 16928

Topic: Cdm:India
Meeting dates: 9/11/2019 - 11/26/2019
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Study Abroad
Topic: Cdm:India
Meeting dates: 9/11/2019 - 11/26/2019
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Study Abroad


Topic: The Coen Brothers
Section: 701
Class number: 16200
Meeting time: M 6:00PM - 9:15PM
Location: LEVAN 00305 at Lincoln Park Campus
Instructor: Daniel Pal | View syllabus

Spring 2018-2019

Topic: Psychedelic Cinema of the '60s Counterculture
Section: 901
Class number: 30815
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus

Winter 2018-2019

Topic: The Weird and the Fantastic
Section: 201
Class number: 27424
Meeting time: Th 6:00PM - 9:15PM
Location: ARTLT 00203 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Daniel Bashara
Topic: David Lynch: Dreams of the Guilty
Section: 501
Class number: 25631
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus

Fall 2018-2019

Topic: Political Satire in Film
Section: 101
Class number: 17381
Meeting time: Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: SCITY 00201 at Off Campus
Instructor: Gary Fox | View syllabus
Topic: Universal Horror Films
Section: 701
Class number: 17008
Meeting time: M 6:00PM - 9:15PM
Location: LEVAN 00305 at Lincoln Park Campus

Summer 10 week 2017-2018

Section: 240
Class number: 42230
Meeting time: -
Location: at Off Campus

Spring 2017-2018

Topic: Black Voices in Modern Cinema
Section: 901
Class number: 35774
Meeting time: W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Loop Campus

Winter 2017-2018

Topic: Psychotic Women
Section: 501
Class number: 20955
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus
Topic: Experimental Filmmaking
Section: 502
Class number: 21143
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus
Section: 540
Class number: 21165
Meeting time: -
Location: at Off Campus
Topic: The Sci-Fi City in Film
Section: 802
Class number: 21128
Meeting time: Tu 6:00PM - 9:15PM
Location: ARTLT 00203 at Lincoln Park Campus
Instructor: Daniel Bashara

Fall 2017-2018


Section 150

Class number 17002

Topic: Sa: Cdm India
Meeting dates: 9/6/2017 - 11/21/2017
Meeting time: -
Location: at Study Abroad
Topic: Sa: Cdm India
Meeting dates: 9/6/2017 - 11/21/2017
Meeting time: -
Location: at Study Abroad



Section 702

Class number 16729

Topic: Beyond Bollywood
Meeting dates: 9/6/2017 - 11/21/2017
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Loop Campus
Topic: Beyond Bollywood
Meeting dates: 9/6/2017 - 11/21/2017
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Loop Campus


Summer 10 week 2016-2017

Topic: Sa: Spaces of Cinema in Rome
Section: 250
Class number: 42339
Meeting time: -
Location: at Study Abroad
Instructor: Michael Deangelis

Winter 2016-2017

Topic: Freedom in Cinema
Section: 501
Class number: 22456
Meeting time: Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus
Topic: Experimental Filmmaking
Section: 502
Class number: 27371
Meeting time: Th 2:00PM - 5:15PM
Location: CINES PST15 at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Section 510

Class number 22457

Topic: Freedom in Cinema
Meeting dates: 1/2/2017 - 3/18/2017
Meeting time: -
Location: at Online Campus
Instructor: Suzi Wachowski
Topic: Freedom in Cinema
Meeting dates: 1/2/2017 - 3/18/2017
Meeting time: -
Location: at Online Campus


Section: 540
Class number: 27639
Meeting time: -
Location: at Off Campus
Topic: The Sci-Fi City in Film
Section: 802
Class number: 27109
Meeting time: Tu 6:00PM - 9:15PM
Location: ARTLT 00203 at Lincoln Park Campus
Instructor: Daniel Bashara

Fall 2016-2017

Topic: Experimental Filmmaking
Section: 401
Class number: 34086
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus
Topic: Latin American Cinema
Section: 701
Class number: 41541
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 01137 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Luisela Alvaray

Summer II 2015-2016

Topic: John Carpenter
Section: 501
Class number: 42230
Meeting time: TuTh 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Eric Marsh | View syllabus
Topic: John Carpenter
Section: 510
Class number: 42622
Meeting time: -
Location: at Online Campus
Instructor: Eric Marsh | View syllabus

Spring 2015-2016

Topic: Creativity in Practice
Section: 601
Class number: 33297
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00924 at Loop Campus
Topic: Directing II
Section: 602
Class number: 37838
Meeting time: Th 2:00PM - 5:15PM
Location: CINES PST15 at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Campus
Topic: Experimental Filmmaking
Section: 603
Class number: 37865
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Instructor: Brian Zahm | View syllabus

Dec Intersession 2015-2016

Topic: Blade Runner
Section: 804
Class number: 10031
Meeting time: MTuWTh 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Loop Campus
Topic: Blade Runner
Section: 814
Class number: 10032
Meeting time: -
Location: at Loop Campus

Winter 2015-2016

Topic: Psychotic Women in Horror Cinema
Section: 501
Class number: 23048
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: CDM 00708 at Loop Campus
Topic: Psychotic Women in Horror Cinema
Section: 510
Class number: 23049
Meeting time: -
Location: at Online Campus

Fall 2015-2016

Section: 401
Class number: 17842
Meeting time: W 1:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: 14EAS LL107 at Loop Campus
Section: 440
Class number: 11927
Meeting time: -
Location: at Off Campus

Section 702

Class number 17098

Topic: Beyond Bollywood
Meeting dates: 9/9/2015 - 11/24/2015
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL105 at Loop Campus
Topic: Beyond Bollywood
Meeting dates: 9/9/2015 - 11/24/2015
Meeting time: Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS LL105 at Loop Campus


Topic: Creating the Personal Documentary
Section: 703
Class number: 16950
Meeting time: Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00214 at Loop Campus

Summer 10 week 2014-2015

Topic: Sa: Spaces of Cinema in Rome
Section: 250
Class number: 42105
Meeting time: -
Location: DPROM 00000 at Study Abroad
Instructor: Michael Deangelis

Summer II 2014-2015

Topic: Media, Culture and Race
Section: 501
Class number: 40975
Meeting time: TuTh 5:45PM - 9:00PM
Location: 14EAS 00506 at Loop Campus