Cross-Listed with: FILM 202.910 and ARTH 292.910
Silent Cinema covers the heterogeneous styles of pre-World War I film, the international dominance of Hollywood narrative film after the War, and the many alternatives that emerged in the 1910s and 1920s. These alternatives include the European avant-garde (German Expressionism, Surrealism, etc.), Soviet cinema, independent African-American cinema, Japanese silent cinema, and ethnographic film. Readings will reflect the wealth of new material on silent film that has come to light since opening of Soviet archives and the rediscovery of pre-1907 film's varied contexts. The course includes landmarks of film history as well as rare films by the Lumière brothers, Méliès, Porter, Griffith, Micheaux, Flaherty, Keaton, Chaplin, Linder, Clair, Eisenstein, Vertov, Kinugasa, Murnau, and other filmmakers. All screenings will be in class.
Exams and a final paper required.