The History of Film (Silent Era)
25A | CCN: 31645
Date and Time: MW 930-11A, 142 DWINELLE
In this introductory survey course we will examine the history of cinema from the silent-to-sound revolution of the late 1920s through the international development of film as a transformative technology, art form, and commercial medium up to the present time. Drawing from Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell’s Film History: An Introduction as well as the scholarship of such film historians/theorists as Tom Gunning, Charles Musser, Miriam Hansen, John Belton, Hamid Naficy, Thomas Elsaesser, Henry Jenkins, and others, we will be discussing the way certain landmark short and feature films reflected social, political, and ideological changes through the decades.