Courses / Undergraduate

Summer 2020

  • History of Film I

    Film 25A | CCN: 12901

    Harry Burson

    4 Units

    Session A


    Lecture: T,W,Th    9:30am – 12pm             Location: Online – Synchronous Instruction 


    Screening: T 3:30pm-6:30pm                  Location: Online – Synchronous Instruction

    This course serves as an introduction to the history of cinema: from it roots in 19 th century optical and aural technologies to the popularization of the talkie in the 1930s. In addition to learning the history of cinematic aesthetics and technologies, students will develop skills in analyzing films as both formal and cultural objects. Students will be introduced to the social, economic, and scientific contexts that shaped cinema into an international industry and major art form in the late 19th and early 20th century. Course readings and screenings will provide students with an overview of the significant debates and developments that shaped the movies’ first decades. These will include readings by Tom Gunning, André Gaudreault, Miriam Hansen, Sergei Eisenstein, Siegfried Kracauer, Antonia Lant, Jean Epstein, and others.


    (This course will proceed via remote instruction during Session D)