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Psycho (1960)


The Language of Film at PMA

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art

4 Tuesdays, October 10 to 31, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI
Cost: $100 for BMFI and PMA members, $125 for non-members; students must register for the course through the PMA by calling (215) 235-7469, but BMFI members must first call (610) 527-4008 x108 for instructions on receiving your tuition discount.

Diegesis, mise-en-scene, and chiaroscuro are not trendy Center City nightspots but rather some of the key terms of film analysis. This course introduces students to cinematic grammar, giving them the vocabulary and frames of reference to view and discuss motion pictures in an insightful and critical manner.

Screenings largely consist of clips from a wide assortment of films illustrating different aspects of the medium’s language, including cinematography, sound, editing, and narrative. In addition, we’ll showcase some of cinema’s most memorable images accompanied by commentary from the cinematographers that made them.

From an early age, we learn to observe movies with awe and delight. Now, as we carry that wonder with us into adulthood, we can also approach cinema as more active and sophisticated viewers. Join us to learn to engage with the medium on its own terms and to discover some of the techniques by which we make meaning of the movies we see. Understanding the language of film allows you to get more enjoyment out of your cinematic experience—and to impress your friends at the post-movie discussion!

Class meets at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2525 Pennsylvania Avenue in Philadelphia).
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  • Tuesday, October 10
    10:30am 2017-10-10 10:30:00 2017-10-10 13:30:00 America/New_York The Language of Film at PMA http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2123 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Tuesday, October 17
    10:30pm 2017-10-17 22:30:00 2017-10-18 01:30:00 America/New_York The Language of Film at PMA http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2123 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Tuesday, October 24
    10:30pm 2017-10-24 22:30:00 2017-10-25 01:30:00 America/New_York The Language of Film at PMA http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2123 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Tuesday, October 31
    10:30pm 2017-10-31 22:30:00 2017-11-01 01:30:00 America/New_York The Language of Film at PMA http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2123 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA