The History of the American Film Industry in the Studio Era|
This course explores the history of the Hollywood studio system, from the beginnings of cinema through the end of the studio era in the 1950s and 1960s. We will trace the evolution of the production, distribution, and exhibition of films within the changing structure of the industry, paying particular attention to how economic, industrial, and technological changes impacted the form and content of the films themselves. In class discussions, we will explore special topics in film history and historiography, including early exhibition, the star system, censorship and ratings, production control, film criticism, audience reception, and independent production. Screenings include films directed by Alice Guy Blaché, D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Raoul Walsh, Ernst Lubitsch, Josef von Sternberg, Edgar G. Ulmer, Max Ophuls, Orson Welles, William Wyler, Preston Sturges, Michael Curtiz, Vincente Minnelli, Abraham Polonsky, Robert Aldrich, Samuel Fuller, Otto Preminger, and others.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: (FILM304 AND FILM310)
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Tino Balio, THE AMERICAN FILM INDUSTRY
Tino Balio, GRAND DESIGN
Thomas Schatz, THE GENIUS OF THE SYSTEM
Allen & Gomery, FILM HISTORY: THEORY AND PRACTICE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assessment will be based on a historiography paper (6p.), a research paper (8p.), a group presentation, a final take-home exam, and participation in class discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance required. Students interested in the course should contact the professor ASAP during browsing period or earlier.
|Instructor(s): Dombrowski,Lisa A. Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-04:30PM; Location: CFS190; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 19
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