Cinema's first century is a vast, wondrous universe where art, media technology, and political economy variously intertwine. This course charts a path through this universe by casting a spotlight on exemplary constellations: films that captured our imagination, significant artists, groundbreaking movements, transnational synergies. Part 1 explores how in less than 20 years a fairground attraction spread to every country in the world, and became the greatest industrialized art form of the twentieth century, agent of modernity and globalization; how the marvelous creativity of silent films laid the stylistic foundations for everything that followed; how the advent of sound played out in a world in the grip of economic depression and totalitarian regimes; and how World War II brought about neorealism's cinematic revolution.
Prerequisites: CAMS 101 or ARTH 101 or permission of instructor. Required for all students majoring or minoring in Cinema and Media Studies.
Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring