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CMS 310 A: History of Film: 1895-1929

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
MGH 231
M Ahern
Mal Ahern

Syllabus Description:

History of Film: 1895-1929

This course surveys the history of cinema from its emergence in the late Nineteenth Century to the advent of synchronized sound. Students will learn how cinema transitioned from a technical novelty to a narrative medium, and explore early cinema’s relationship to other new technologies (the telephone and radio), mass entertainments (the amusement park), and artistic media (painting and literature). As we trace the development of formal conventions for storytelling, we will also explore a range of alternatives to conventional film style in avant-garde and independent filmmaking. Other topics will include the emergence of national film cultures (in France, Germany, the Soviet Union, China, and Japan), the history of film technology, and the role of women in the early film industry. Students will complete a guided research assignment that introduces them to working with primary sources and archives. 


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Catalog Description: 
Film history from its beginnings in the 1890s through the golden era of silent film in the 1920s. Topics include the invention of major film techniques, the creation of Hollywood and the studios, and movements such as expressionism, constructivism, and surrealism.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 2, 2019 - 9:01pm