Early Cinema and the Silent Feature|
This course explores the development of cinema before 1928. We will consider international trends in film production with special emphasis on the formation of the American industry. Silent film presents us with the opportunity to consider alternative uses of the medium; it can broaden the way we think about cinema and its possibilities. Our goals will be to understand how cinema was conceived of during its first years and to examine the forces that led to the development of the narrative feature. Films will include works by the Lumiere and Edison companies, Porter, Melies, Sjostrom, Griffith, DeMille, and Hollywood studios during the 1920s.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Elsaesser, Thomas ed. EARLY CINEMA, SPACE FRAME NARRATIVE
Gunning, Tom. D.W. GRIFFITH AND THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN NARRATIVE FILM
Koszarski, Richard, AN EVENING'S ENTERTAINMENT
Brownlow, Kevin, THE PARADE'S GONE BY
Basinger, Jeanine, SILENT STARS
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Prerequisites:FILM304 or FILM310
Open only to Junior and Senior Film majors. Attendance is required. Film showings. Course Fee $60.00.
Admission will be made on a first-come, first-served basis for Senior and Junior Film Majors. At the professor's discretion, additional spaces may be made available for non-majors who have completed Film 310 and Film 304.
|Instructor(s): Higgins,Scott Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-04:30PM; Location: CFS190; |
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Enrollment capacity: 19
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