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American Culture Studies

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History of American Cinema

American Culture Studies 3301 - Spring 2020

This course will survey the major economic and social developments in the history of American cinema, from its origins in the late 19th century through its continued, albeit radically altered, existence in the 21st century. We will begin with the earliest days of the U.S. film industry, tracing its growth as well as changes in modes of production and organizing structures that allowed it to become the dominant global force in the making and mass marketing of movies. We will explore mainstream American film's relationship to existing and emergent realms of culture and media as well as to expectations regarding its role and responsibilities as a "public entertainment" denied First Amendment protection until 1952. Film style and form do not constitute the major focus of this course, but we will approach a number of films with attention to style and form in order to understand how cultural, economic, industrial, aesthetic, and technological determinants have impacted American filmmaking as a blend of art and commerce. By the end of this course, you will have a detailed knowledge of the history of American cinema, the individuals and institutional processes that have shaped it, the most important challenges and milestones that have marked it, and the aesthetic forms and socio-cultural effects that have been attributed to it. Priority given to majors and minors. REQUIRED SCREENING: Tuesdays @ 7 pm.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM

Section 01

History of American Cinema
INSTRUCTOR: Fleury
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History of American Cinema
INSTRUCTOR: Fleury
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