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World Film History to 1945

ENGL 091.401
crosslisted as: CIMS 101, ARTH 108, COML 123
instructor(s):
TR 3-4:30pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Sector III: Arts & Letters of the College's General Education Curriculum
Cross Cultural Requirement of the College's General Education Curriculum

This course surveys the history of world film from cinema s precursors to
 1945.  We will develop methods for analyzing film while examining the growth
 of film as an art, an industry, a technology, and a political instrument.
 Topics include the emergence of film technology and early film audiences, the
 rise of narrative film and birth of Hollywood, national film industries and
 movements, African-American independent film, the emergence of the genre film
 (the western, film noir, and romantic comedies), ethnographic and documentary
 film, animated films, censorship, the MPPDA and Hays Code, and the
 introduction of sound.  We will conclude with the transformation of several
 film industries into propaganda tools during World War II (including the Nazi,
 Soviet, and US film industries).  In addition to contemporary theories that
 investigate the development of cinema and visual culture during the first half
 of the 20th century, we will read key texts that contributed to the emergence
 of film theory.  There are no prerequisites.  Students are required to attend
 screenings or watch films on their own.