328: History of Film
Fall 2013 - Wednesday 6:10-10:00 PM - Mus 219
Professor: Alan Bloom
TVF 328: History of Film is an examination of significant historical events, persons and movements, which have influenced the cultural and institutional development of motion pictures. Prerequisite: TVF 224
Thompson and Bordwell: Film History an Introduction, 2nd or 3rd Ed. (US or International Edition or Digital copy)
Watch the films and take notes! It is possible that a film will be screened that you have watched before. You may be tempted to skip the screening. Don't! Just because you have seen a film before doesn't mean you have "seen" a film. There is more to a film than can be absorbed in a passive public showing or a previous class. You will be looking with new eyes and new tools; you will see things that you didn't see before. Pay attention, take notes and be present to the opportunity to discover something new.
Grading: Grades on the mid-term, project and final will all be weighed equally in determining your class grade.
Choice of an individual research paper or a team (2 individuals) produced short (5-6 minute) documentary on the same research topic as the paper requirement. Note: The TVF department does not check out equipment to non-production classes, if you elect to do the production project you are responsible for your own resources.
Compare and contrast a Classic film with a film from the same genre as it has emerged in post 1960 cinema. Discuss the political, social, regulatory and business environments that impact the style and content of the films of these two major eras in terms of your chosen genre.
Research Paper Requirements:
1. 10 pages double spaced
2. At least 10 citations within the body of the text
3. At least 15 sources listed in the reference section of the paper
4. Of the 15 sources listed in the reference section there must be a minimum of 2 books, two academic journal articles and two Internet sites
5. Include with the paper a copy of the title page of all publications, and the main page of all web sites used. Failure to include these is an automatic F grade for the paper. (These can be in png, pdf or jpg files)
6. All papers are due at the beginning of the regular class meeting on December 4th.
7. Email or hand-in your paper and materials to the Professor as a doc or docx file.
1. 6-8 page detailed script (Due 2 weeks prior to video on November 20th)
2. At least 15 sources listed in the reference appendix to the script.
3. Of the 15 sources listed in the reference appendix there must be a minimum of 2 books, two academic journal articles and two Internet sites.
4. include with the script a copy of the title page and table of contents of all publications, and the main page of all web sites used. Failure to include these is an automatic F grade for the project.
5. Post your documentary online and email or hand-in your documentary and materials to the Professor on December 4th
Calendar … http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline
October 2: Early Cinemas, Pre History and Cinematic Elements
October 9: Hollywood Classicism & German Expressionism
October 16: Soviet Cinema
October 23: Birth of Talkies, The Avant Garde & Film Noir
October 30: Hitchcock: Social and Artistic Influences in Late Film Noir
November 6: Post WW II Cinema, Italian Neo-Realism
Screening: Rome: Open City
Readings: Chapters 18, 19; Outside Viewing: Rashomon, Que Viva Mexico
Mid-term: The mid-term exam is based on class lectures, screenings and assigned readings. There will be at least one essay question, but no blue book will be required.
November 13: Post WW II Cinema, National Cinemas, Kurosowa, Luis Bunuel
November 20: Project Script Due Cinema in the 60s, Fellini
November 27: The NewWave, Screening: Breathless
Research Papers and Video Projects Due
Final Exam:The final exam is based on the lectures, screenings and assigned readings.The final exam is cumulative and covers the entire quarter's work.
reserves the right to change the course outline, screenings or course
requirements due to class size, time constraints or students' needs.
Students are expected to demonstrate a positive and healthy attitude at all times. Respect the classroom, respect the class, respect the process and respect your classmates! Student conduct and attitude impact all graded aspects of this class.
Email: Note: Faculty and students are held accountable for official information sent to their university issued email accounts.