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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
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: 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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