This course will introduce students to the history, theory, techniques, language and aesthetics of world cinema by examining the social, cultural, political, intellectual and economic underpinnings of the medium. We will look at many of the films in the canon of the world's most influential and important films. The intent of the course is to give students the necessary tools for understanding how and why cinema works both as an art and as an industry. Students should plan to attend screenings in addition to the regular course meetings. Readings will include texts on film narrative, history and theory.