When I first heard that this class existed, I decided that even if I couldn’t have it for the fall semester, I would have to have it at some point in my career here at UF. I have always loved movies, even though prior to this class I didn’t even know of many of the great directors of our time (or really any time). When I initially signed up for classes, ENG2300 was full, and I was pretty disappointed. I checked ISIS frequently, and eventually, a space opened up that fit perfectly with my schedule, and I was so excited that I tweeted “GOT FILM ANALYSIS FOR THE FALL YESSSSS”. Needless to say, I was looking forward to this class.
As I’m sure most people were, I was expecting more mainstream films that even I, with my little knowledge of the world of film, would have heard of. At first, I thought maybe I had gotten in over my head, because I knew so little about the movies and techniques we were talking about. As I learned more and more, I became more excited to watch films and apply what I knew so that I could better understand the more subtle messages that come from mise-en-scene and sound. I find that as I re-watch movies I saw before I took this class, I am more attuned to how a film is made and how the world of the film is constructed, and I ultimately get much more out of the viewing experience.
My least favorite film was probably Yojimbo. I understand the value of watching it and comparing it to other films like A Fistful of Dollars, but I felt the storytelling was really lacking and I had trouble paying attention to it after a while. My favorites were probably La Belle et la Bete and Contempt. I really enjoyed the mise-en-scene in both films and the stories were interesting enough to keep me engaged through the whole screen time.
Thanks for an awesome semester! I learned a lot and really enjoyed listening to and reading everyone else’s comments and opinions on the films!