COML123 - World Film Hist To 1945

Status
O
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
601
Title (text only)
World Film Hist To 1945
Term
2020A
Subject area
COML
Section number only
601
Section ID
COML123601
Course number integer
123
Meeting times
W 05:00 PM-08:00 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Peter Lesnik
Description
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.
Course number only
123
Cross listings
ENGL091601, CIMS101601, ARTH108601
Fulfills
Arts & Letters Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Use local description
No