The Reading

The first module of this course will discuss different approaches to watching films, best practices for analyzing films, and how to provide robust and well-thought out responses to films. Begin by reading chapter one in The Art of Watching Films, aptly titled The Art of Watching Films!

The Watching

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) by F.W. Murnau

Sunrise vintage

The first film we'll be watching dates from 1927, so it’s an old one, but it's one of the most excellent films ever made. It’s called Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and was directed by F. W. Murnau (as with all media for this class, you can find under the "LEH353 – Visual Storytelling" library on Plex). This is a classic from the silent film era, which I think is a great place to start because you will be forced to focus on the visual language of the film, without the benefit of sound.

The Questions

After completing the film, complete the following questionnaire: