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|2||09/12||A Story of Innovation & The Art of Cinema
Course Introduction & our first discussion about the innovation of film as an art form. We will also spend some time getting to know each other and do the Personal Inventory. PowerPointSlides
|3||09/19||TECHNICAL THRILL & THE EARLY POWER OF STORY (1895-1918)
How the first filmmakers devised shots, cuts, close-ups and camera moves. The Development of Celluloid & Photographic processes. The emergence of Hollywood, the star system and the first great directors, early women directors
Read: The Story of Film, Chapters 1 & 2
|4||09/26||THE WORLD EXPANSION OF STYLE (1918-28)
Movie factory & personal vision: Mainstream filmmaking and its dissidents in Germany, France, America and the Soviet Union
Read: The Story of Film, Chapters 3
Additional Reading: Everatte, Anna, 2001, “Cinephilia in the Black Renaissance: New Negro Film Criticism, 1916-1930”, in Returning the Gaze: A genealogy of Black Film Criticism, Duke University Press.
|5||10/03||SOUND: JAPANESE CLASSICISM & HOLLYWOOD ROMANCE (1928-45)
Cinema enters Golden Age
New lenses, techniques, Movie Genres, depth staging
Read: The Story of Film, Chapter 4
|6||10/10||THANKSGIVING — NO CLASS|
|7||10/17||THE DEVASTATION OF WAR & A NEW MOVIE LANGUAGE (1945-52) The spread of realism in world cinema, suspense, film noir
Read: The Story of Film, Chapter 5
|8||10/24||THE SWOLLEN STORY (1953-59)
Rage and Symbolism in 1950s. Widescreen, melodrama, and new early-modernist directors.
Read: The Story of Film, Chapter 6
|9||10/31||THE EXPLODED STORY (1959-69)
A series of new waves in innovative filmmaking on every continent.
Read: The Story of Film, Chapter 7
|10||11/7||Peer Writing Workshop
We will spend this class doing peer review in small groups of the papers you have been assigned to critique.
|11||11/14||FREEDOM & WANT SEE – Rise of Political Cinema, Indigenous Cinema and the Blockbuster (1967-1980)
The impact of 16mm on socially engaged filmmaking and new forms of documentary practice, NFB Studio B
Focus on Alanis Obomsawin
Political cinema around the globe and the rise of the blockbuster in America.
Read: The Story of Film, Chapter 8
Recommended reading: Tia Wong, “Eyeing Resistance: Alanis Obomsawin’s Third Cinema/Gaze/World,” Cinephile: The University of British Columbia’s Film Journal, Vol 5, No 1, Winter 2009, pp. 51-55. [Link: http://cinephile.ca/archives/volume-5-no-1-far-from-hollywood-alternative-world- cinema/eyeing-resistance-alanis-obomsawins-third-cinemagazeworld/]
|12||11/21||MEGA-ENTERTAINMENTS & PHILOSOPHY (1979-90)
The extremes of world cinema. The influence of video and MTV
Read: The Story of Film, Chapter 9
|13||11/28||GUEST LECTURE: Filmmaker Ramin Mohseni
“A Close Look at Roots of Modern Iranian Cinema”
DIGITAL: CAN SEE (1990-present)
Read: The Story of Film, Chapter 10
Final Paper due (12/08) ** BONUS POINT IF YOU SUBMIT ON 11/28