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Hollywood Film Industry

ENGL 024.401
crosslisted as: CINE 024
instructor(s):
TR 3-4:30 pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

This is a course on the history of Hollywood. It seeks to unravel
Hollywood’s complex workings, explaining how business and politics translate into the art of film, television, and new media. We will trace the American film industry from Edison to the internet, asking questions such as: What is the relationship between Hollywood and independent 
film? How has the global spread of Hollywood since the 1920s changed
the film industry? How has Hollywood responded to crises in American 
politics (e.g., world wars, the cold war, 9/11)? And how have new
 technologies such as synchronized sound, color cinematography,
television, home video, computer graphics, and other digital technologies changed
Hollywood? We will look closely at representative studios
(Paramount, Disney, and others), representative filmmakers (Mary
 Pickford, Frank Capra, and George Lucas, among many others), and
we will examine the impact of industrial changes on the screen.