Jazz in Cinema

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Jazz in Cinema
Fall 2023
Taught By: Marcus Turner
Section: A

CRN: 11254

Credits: 3

In this course, we trace the symbiotic development of jazz--the quintessential American art form--and modern American and European cinema and examine the ways jazz has transformed the modern cinematic experience. The class studies jazz as musical accompaniment to the gilded hedonism of the Jazz Age, the social and political contradictions of the Swing Era, and the hardboiled crime dramas of film noir. The class explores the role of jazz in cinema through the study of documentaries, biographical films about jazz musicians, and fictional narrative films. Students learn to identify cinematic elements influenced by jazz, like rhythm, composition, and improvisation, and develop an appreciation for the structure and aesthetic of jazz music. The class analyzes the films of John Cassavetes, Louis Malle, Shirley Clarke, Jean-Luc Godard, Claire Denis, and Otto Preminger and the music of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:16pm EST 2/26/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/5/2023