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A study of the development of traditional narrative cinema. The course will consider films ranging from the early primitive period to the 1950s, including particularly the contributions of Griffith, of the German and Soviet silent schools, of France between the wars and of Hollywood throughout the period.
General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered
A study of the development, achievement, and limitations of a national cinema and its relationship to the dominance of the Hollywood market. The course will explore cultural themes that emerge in the tradition, the cinema's reception in an international setting, and factors critical to its gaining wider distribution. Finally, the course will consider critical responses to that cinema, both within and beyond its own tradition, assessing carefully the ways that social, political, cultural, and economic factors affect critical judgment and practice.
Development of a senior thesis or project approved by Film Studies faculty and developed in a group seminar as well as advanced independent work.
Prerequisite: Film Studies major and senior standing.