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C LIT 397 C: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

TV & Film of the 1970's

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
SMI 404

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M and W Screenings

T and Th Lectures

We are in the midst of a television / media revolution in ways we could never have predicted 50 odd years ago, when the very idea of having a television in every American home was still new. But why is that so important? While Hollywood studios rang the death toll of Westerns, Bat
Masterson, Wild Wild West and Bonanza taught us what it was to be a man. This was  not the lone Hollywood cowboy who wandered off into the sunset. These were the new government spies, the US marshals and the cattlemen at work after the West was won. All the while from The Green Hornet and Batman to Bewitched and I Dream of Genie the magic possibilities of new television heroes took a seat in our family rooms every week without fail. Seemingly inevitably they led to Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman and The 6 Million Dollar Man.  We learned how to read on Sesame Street. We learned how 'make learning fun' on Zoom and while urban 'ghetto' life jostled its way into our consciousness in Good Times, urbane savvy comedy entertained with increasingly less restraint from Laugh In to SNL.  In '60-'70s TV we'll look at mid 20th century television in comparison to some film of the moment to see how media changed and/or reflected two generations of Americans who are in power now, the baby boomers now planing their retirement and so called Gen X. Through reading, watching and much discussion we'll look at genre blending, gender bending and the advent of new consumer technologies which would change how we see ourselves in the everyday irreversibly.

Catalog Description: 
Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema Studies Elective
GE Requirements Met: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am