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MEDST 143: History of Cinema I (1880-1930)

Amy Herzog and Richard Maxwell

(Submission #61)

Course Description

This survey course examines the history of cinema from its origins in the late 19th century to the transition to sound film in the late 1920s and early 1930s. We will study a range of films_both mainstream and experimental_from all over the world, but we will focus in particular on U.S. films. Many of the key elements of today's films_composition, continuity editing, lighting, narrative structure_were created over 100 years ago by the inventors and innovators of early film. In fact, we cannot fully understand today's film industry, how today's films look, or even how they make us feel, without turning to our cinematic past for explanations. Readings and class discussions consider the historical, political, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of these cinematic trends.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP)
Context of Experience: Not Applicable
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: 143
Course Anticipated to be offered: Other
Other (if specified): alternating semesters
Number of Sections: 1
Number of Seats: 70


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