French film critic André Bazin stated that, "To understand what a film is trying to say is to know how it is saying it." How do filmmakers communicate their ideas, their feelings and their messages? How does one identify the subtle meanings in the film? What internal processes are you using as you watch a film? Who decides meaning? What are the elements found within all films and how do they affect our viewing? This study group uses readings, film clips and documentaries to examine how a variety of filmmakers think about their craft and the techniques used to spark viewers' reactions. Such analysis provides deeper understanding and appreciation of the art and greater viewer enjoyment. As we learn about the various elements and developing your own film analysis guide, we will also watch feature films at home via streaming or DVD and utilize our new knowledge to analyze the films in class. All materials will be provided solely through Canvas. The books we will use in this study group are Making Movies by Sidney Lumet (Vintage, 1996), and Vibes from the Screen: Getting Greater Enjoyment from Film by (course coordinator) Bob Moss (MCP Books, 2016). Copies also available for loan at the Northwestern library. No class on 09/30/19. Make-up class on 12/16/19. This study group is dedicated to the memory of OLLI cinephile, Gloria Galante.