This course will instruct students in the basics of film form and film language. Each week we will examine one genre and discuss an influential critical approach that illuminates that genre. Among the genres we will explore are science fiction, horror, the western, the musical and the documentary. We will discuss the following critical approaches, among others: contextual, auteur, feminist, ethnic, psychoanalytic, gay and lesbian and structural. Films will include: "Metropolis", "Beauty and the Beast" (Cocteau and Disney's), "Raging Bull" and "High Noon." Full features will be screened weekly at obligatory evening screenings. Readings will include texts on film language, forms, critical approaches and genre.