Movements in World Cinema Part 1: The Emergence of an Art Form
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 2500
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Movements in World Cinema, Part 1, introduces students to the history of cinema from the 1890s until 1960. Beginning with the experiments of Louis Lumière, the creation of cinematic language by D.W. Griffith, and the development of "montage" by S. Eisenstein, the course will survey changing aesthetics, narrative styles, and ideologies in German, Russian, French, Italian, and Hollywood cinema of the first half of the 20th century. The topics covered include: the poetics of the silent cinema, the transition to sound, the role of genre, the rise of documentary, animation, experimental modes, musical comedy and escapism, propaganda and social commitment, and international studio systems and economics. Required weekly screenings outside of class.
Course Open to: Degree Students