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COURSE OUTLINE

WK DATE TOPIC
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

  •  Discussion board and Video CLAS system
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

  • Choose slot for Presentation
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

  • Submit Paper idea for approval (Final due Week 13)
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

  • Short Quiz
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.

  • Draft Paper Due for exchange & Peer Review
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/]

  • Draft Papers and Peer Rubric due in-Class
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

  • Final Short Quiz (based on class 8-11)
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