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For FILM 106A (not 106B):
The class was a great upper-div GE. Professor Kuntz is very knowledgeable about the course, and is very rehearsed and his lectures are very organized. The class is graded on 5 components, 20% each: 2 papers (1 historical and 1 formal analysis), 2 exams (1 midterm and 1 final) and discussion participation. It was a lot of work, and it's easy to see why the course is 6 units; there is a LOT of information required for the papers and exams. While the class is long, there's only about 1.5 hours of lecture per class, about a 10-15 minute break, then a movie; usually you'll get out about 15 minutes before class officially ends. Staying for the movies is a great idea, especially with the beautiful projector, but it's not as needed because you only need to see a few of them for the exams and papers. There is apparently no curve, but they "consider your improvements in the class." Overall, it's a great class if you're willing to dedicate the time to it.
COURSE: 106A HISTORY OF AMERICAN MOTION PICTURE
Professor Kuntz is encyclopedic in his knowledge of American Motion Picture (and it seems like everything else too). He is a joy to listen to during lecture. Do not be swayed away from this course because of the length. Totally worth the time commitment. It's been my favorite class at UCLA so far, and my favorite professor.
The class really lets you see Film in a new light and understand movies in a way you may not have before. The selection of movies is awesome. Highly recommend Sunset Blvd. You have to stay for that one if no other ones!
But I do also recommend staying for the films. We are so lucky to have access to a beautiful theater where movies ranging from the late 19th century to now can be played in high quality. You will rarely get that experience anywhere.
2 Papers, Midterm, Final. Class is so interesting, the work comes more naturally. The film analysis paper can be a little repetitive and I wouldn't highly recommend D. Dill as a TA, she grades a little harder than justifiable in my opinion. But she's pretty nice and helpful. Midterm and final are free response, so fairly simple.
TAKE THIS CLASS! YOU WILL LOVE HIM AND THE COURSE!
I Took FILM 106 A in Fall 08
This is a great GE to take because it is an upper div GE, and because it’s about hollywood film. Kuntz is a master at the history of film as well. He can lecture without looking at the powerpoint slides, and he is endearing and excited when he lectures about it. Classes are loooong. They consist of about an hour and a half of lecturing, and then the rest is a film. We tend to get of class early which is nice. The exams are fairly easy as well. The midterm is broken up into different parts of short answers, on topics that you can choose from. The TAs tend to hint at what’s on them as well. The final is the same thing, but with a essay question on comparing two films. It’s not that bad since you will just had written a film analysis paper.
There are two essays in this class, and in my experience and others, they don’t grade easy. There is a research paper, and a film analysis paper. The first took me a week to write and I still only got a B. And I know I write good papers, I usually get A’s on my papers in English classes. So beware when you sign up for your TA. The TA’s grade your papers, and determine your grades.