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Silent Storytelling
FILM 336
Spring 2020
Section: 01  

This course examines the development of visual storytelling from the post-nickelodeon cinema's presentational styles to the expressionistic filmic poetry of silent cinema's twilight years. Taught by noted film historian and accompanist Ben Model, it explores how silent-era filmmakers developed creative ways to invoke the audience's imagination as a storytelling component. Major filmmakers include Griffith, Keaton, Pudovkin, Lubitsch, Chaplin, Weber, and Vidor. We will look closely at silent film comedy, melodrama, and action. Our work will be based on close viewing of films and attention to the interaction between image, music, and the viewer's journey through each film. Films will be live-streamed with live piano accompaniment during the online class sessions, and additional viewing will be assigned as homework.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: FILM307
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on MAR-28-2023
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