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Film History

ENGL 091.900
instructor(s):
MW 6-7:40

This course is an introduction to the history of cinema from 1895 to the
present. In demonstrating how history energizes and complicates the
movies, we will examine numerous film cultures and historical periods,
including early short films from Europe and the US, Hollywood silent
cinema, Italian neo-realism, the French New Wave, New German Cinema,
recent Iranian and Taiwanese cinema, and a variety of other film
movements from different historical epochs and cultures. Our aim is to
establish a broad historical and global foundation for the understanding
of film as a complex exchange between art, technology, politics, and
economics. Screenings are mandatory.