This course studies the history of motion pictures, beginning with the invention of the moving image in the 1880s through the middle of the twentieth century. The industrial and social history of cinema in the United States, including the studio system, the star system, and content regulation, are explored. The international cinema of Germany, France, Soviet Union, and other countries are also studied. Historical events and their influences are investigated, including world wars, cultural transformations, racial diversity and global influences. Technical invention of key visual and audio recording devices is reviewed, as well as key narrative developments in structure, genre, pacing and editing. Significant films will be screened for analysis and discussion. Lecture: 3 hours, Screening: 1 hour
This course is designed as an overview of the significant national and international trends in the history of film, from approximately 1950 until the present day. The emphasis will be on significant cinematic movements, the key players and films within those environments, and the larger social and historical context in which these movements occurred. Through screenings, readings, and class discussions, students will develop an appreciation for the critical insight into the history, politics, aesthetics, and philosophical debates that shaped these cinematic traditions. Lecture: 3 hours, Screening: 1 hour
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