Czech through Film I

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CZCH 110 680
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Secondary Program
Course Note
Offered through the Penn Language Center.
Course Description
This course has two separate but related components: a series of Czech films,
shown with subtitles and open to the entire University of Pennsylvania
community, and a Czech language class which relies on the films for content.
Each film screening will be preceded by introductory remarks and followed by a
discussion, with optional reading material made available in advance.  In this
way, the film series can but need not also be offered as a for-credit course,
cross-listed through REES and Cinema and Media Studies.  The films will be
sequenced chronologically through Czech history, as opposed to film history,
so that the series will double as a survey of Czech history.  For example, we
will begin with films set in the medieval period, such as Marketa Lazarova
(dir.  Frantisek Vlacil, 1967) and Cisaruv pekar-Pekaruv cisar (Emperor's
Baker-Baker's Emperor, dir.  Martin Fric, 1955).  Eventually we will progress
to recent films that deal with the current moment.  Classic and contemporary
films will be intermingled to simultaneously present a variety of important
historical eras and cinematic techniques.  Concurrently, students enrolled in
the language course will learn basic Czech using custom-made materials drawn
from the films.  As their vocabulary and grasp of grammatical concepts
increases, we will be able to work with longer and more complex sections of
 the film-texts.  The films will provide the material for listening and reading
 exercises, and the students' oral and written work will be anchored by their
 responses to the films.  We will advance from picking out simple statements to
 analyzing dialogue and identifying irony in film and composition, developing
 skills of intercultural communication and competence.  By the end of the
 course, students will be able to read about Czech cinema using authentic
 materials, and discuss the films' aesthetic, historical and political

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