TVF 328:  History of Film
Winter 2013 - Wednesday 8:00-11:30 AM - Mus 219

Professor: Alan Bloom

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Mus 251    Office Hours: Monday 4:00-6:00 PM & Wednesday 3:00-4:00 PM

Course Description:

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.


Research Topic:

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 class meeting on March 13rd.

7.     Email or hand-in your paper and materials to the Professor as a doc or docx file.


Documentary Requirements:


1.     6-8 page detailed script (Due 2 weeks prior to video on February 27)

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 March 13rd


Calendar …

January 9: Early Cinemas, Pre History and Cinematic Elements

Screening: Moguls & Movie Stars; A History of Hollywood (Parts 1 & 2)
Readings: Chapters 1, 2; Outside Viewing: Great Train Robbery & Trip to the Moon & The Kid

January16: Hollywood Classicism & German Expressionism

Screening: "M"
Readings: Chapters 3, 4, 5; Outside Viewing: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari & Metropolis Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3 & The Passion of Joan of Arc


January 23: Soviet Cinema

Screening: Battleship Potemkin (Odessa Steps Sequence) & Olympia (Diving Sequence)
Readings: Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; Outside Viewing: Alexander Nevsky, Zero for Conduct & Stagecoach

January 30: Birth of Talkies, The Avant Garde & Film Noir

Screening: Meshes of the Afternoon & Citizen Kane
Readings: Chapters 13, 14, 15; Outside Viewing: Double Indemnity (Amazon Download Rental $2.99)

February 6: Hitchcock: Social and Artistic Influences in Late Film Noir

Screening: Spellbound & Un Chien Andalou
Readings: Chapters 16, 17, Outside Viewing: D.O.A.

February 13: 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.

February 20: Post WW II Cinema, National Cinemas, Kurosowa, Luis Bunuel

Screening: Los Olvidados (Amazon Download Rental $1.99)
Readings:  Chapters 20, 21; Outside Viewing: The Robe

February 27: Project Script Due Cinema in the 60s, Fellini

Screening: 8 1/2
Readings: Chapters 22, 23, 24; Outside Viewing: Dr. Strangelove, 400 Blows & Night and Fog Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3

March 6: The NewWave, Screening: Breathless

Readings: Chapters 25, 26;         
Outside Viewing: The Little Shop Of Horrors

March 13: New American Cinema & the Blockbuster. Screening: Jaws
Readings: Chapters 27, 28;

Research Papers and Video Projects Due

March 20:

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. 



The instructor 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.

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