Cinema 121 - History of American Cinema - Gary Peterson
|History of American Cinema
A historical survey and critical analysis of American motion picture masterpieces.
Course Content Outline:
PART ONE: EARLY CINEMA
1. THE INVENTION AND EARLY YEARS OF THE CINEMA, 1880s-1904
2. EXPANSION OF THE CINEMA, 1905-1912
3. NATIONAL CINEMAs, HOLLYWOOD CLASSICISM, AND WORLD WAR I, 1913-1919
PART TWO: THE LATE SILENT ERA, 1919-1929
1. THE LATE SILENT ERA IN HOLLYWOOD, 1920-1928
2. THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIO SYSTEM, 1930-1945
3. LEFTIST, DOCUMENTARY, AND EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA, 1930-1945
PART FOUR: THE POSTWAR ERA, 1946-1960s
1. AMERICAN CINEMA IN THE POSTWAR ERA, 1946-1960 1946/1947/1948
ART CINEMA AND THE IDEA OF AUTHORSHIP
NEW WAVES AND YOUNG CINEMA, 1958-1967
DOCUMENTARY AND EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA IN THE POSTWAR ERA,1945-MID-1960s
PART FIVE: THE CONTEMPORARY CINEMA SINCE THE 1960s
HOLLYWOOD'S FALL AND RISE, 1960-1980 1960s: The Film Industry in Recession
DOCUMENTARY AND EXPERIMENTAL FILM SINCE THE LATE 1960s
PART SIX: CINEMA IN THE AGE OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA
1. AMERICAN CINEMA AND THE ENTERTAINMENT ECONOMY: THE 1980s AND AFTER
What to Expect in this Course
Evaluate and analyze social, political, philosophical, aesthetic perspectives.
Critique outstanding films from different eras of American cinema history to develop
the students' understanding of the ideas and values which are emphasized through
cinema graphic techniques.
Evaluate film as an art form through a historical and aesthetic appreciation.
Types of Assessments
Chapter examinations - a minimum of 7 In class film evaluations - a minimum of 5 Out of class typed film evaluations -a minimum of 4
Film History, An Introduction by Thompson and Boardwell
Very inexpensive copies of the book can be found online
Other Relevant Course Information
Students are required to read chapters from the textbook. For example students will be asked to read a chapter on the Griffith years and The Hollywood Star System.
Writing, Problem Solving or Performance:
These evaluations must be completed on a word processing program and be assigned on a topic that is appropriate for that film. View John Ford's Grapes of Wrath and discuss how the film portrays the problem of farm workers and apply it to today's society. Another assignment
Papers should be 10-12 pages in length, double-spaced 12 point font. At least ten references are required; three must be films that the students view, three may be internet sources. papers must have a clear thesis because students are required make an assertion about film and argue for that assertion throughout the paper. Some suggested topics: sex in film the anti-war film women in film hippies in film a particular ethnicity or minority in film the angry young man in film musicals any director who made films prior to 1970 film noir the gangster the depiction of children in film censorship in the film industry
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