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CMS 311 A: History Of Film: 1930-1959

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
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Sudhir Mahadevan

Syllabus Description:


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Instructor: Sudhir Mahadevan

Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 to 1:00 pm on Zoom

Office Hours: By Appointment

Email: sudhirm @ uw 

This course surveys distinctive films and moments in the history of cinema over a period of three decades. The period spans transformations in technology (the advent of sound), genres (the social problem film, film noir), institutions (the consolidation of the studio system, the birth of new national cinemas), and trends (French poetic realism, Italian Neo-realism).

Where possible, we will trace the influence of movies across national borders. We will situate developments within a broader atlas of historical events, and geographical areas: the buildup to World War II and its aftermath, the impact of anti-colonial movements in the formation of new nation-states in non-Western parts of the world, and the consolidation of new national film industries in these parts. Our aim will be to acquire some comparative sense of often complex and simultaneous developments in films, styles, and film industries in multiple locations during this period.


Catalog Description: 
Film history from the introduction of sound through the late 1950s. Focuses mostly on the golden age of the Hollywood studios and on alternative developments after World War II in Italy (Neo-Realism), France (the New Wave), and Japan.
Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 25, 2021 - 4:17pm