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CMS 312 A: History Of Film: 1960 - 1988

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 10:50am - 1:00pm
EXED 110

Syllabus Description:

CMS 312 Film History 1960-1990, EXEC 110, 10:50a-1:00p 

All films will be available to students through Canvas or Google Drive streaming.

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During the 1960s American film production transitioned from escapist musicals and heroic westerns to more socially and politically concerned modes of representation. As an industry of cultural production, Hollywood experienced a crisis of representation during that decade until it began to respond more fully to local national concerns, youth culture and the more experimental transformative work emerging out of film movements, for instance the French New Wave. Studio based filmmaking was declining and new young filmmakers from Charles Burnett to Coppola and Chantal Ackerman began to use innovative aesthetics, sound and editing, which challenged a new more savvy audience. This course explores the connections and disparities between popular film movements from France in relation to those of the US. What might cinema verité or direct cinema documentary and experimental cinemas of the 60s French New wave, have to do with Hollywood blockbusters like Carrie, Rosemary’s Baby or Apocalypse Now? We will examine key works from the 60s, both French and American, the successes of New Hollywood in the 1970s, disaffected family and youth film of the 80s, to end with a new surge of semi-independent film innovation and distribution moving us into the early 90s.


Catalog Description: 
Covers the vast changes in filmmaking since 1960. Topics include the continuing influence of the French New Wave, the New German Cinema of the 70s and the "New Hollywood" of the 70s, American independent film of the 80s, and the resurgence of Chinese filmmaking since 1980.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:24pm