The Director's Cinema will study four American directors by closely investigating a number of films by each. We will examine how these directors fit into and defy the auteur theory and how the works of each director relates to the works of the others. This semester the directors will be Fred Wiseman, the Maysles brothers, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks. Full features will be screened weekly at obligatory evening screenings. Readings will include texts on the four directors as well as works on film theory and film history. It is highly recommended that students have taken the two introductory film studies courses before taking this course.