Film History & Form
10 001 | CCN: 32146
Date and Time: TU, TH 9:30am - 10:59am
This course examines the history of cinema and the evolution of film form, beginning with the emergence of the moving image from the media environments and visual cultures of the late 19th century and concluding with an examination of some of the practices that had become standardized by the end of the 1930s, with particular attention to the complexities of the international conversion to synchronized sound cinema. Students will acquire understanding of the development of cinema's main formal characteristics as they emerged in the first four decades of film history, will acquire the conceptual and technological vocabulary necessary for the analysis of film form, and develop the analytic skills necessary to perform socio-historically grounded formal interpretations of film texts.