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C LIT 271 A: Perspectives On Film: Great Directors

Hollywood Directors

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
KNE 220
SLN: 
11796
Instructor:
James Tweedie

Syllabus Description:

This course will provide an introduction to classical Hollywood cinema through the work of several key filmmakers, beginning with the golden age of the studio system in the 1930s and 1940s and extending into the “New Hollywood” of the 1960s. The course will focus on the role of directors in a mature studio system marked by an industrialized and collaborative approach to filmmaking. At once ruthlessly efficient and innovative, both liberating and stifling, the studios were responsible for some of the most ambitious and influential works of American culture in the twentieth century. Over the next ten weeks, we’ll examine both the triumphs and the failures of that system. Directors will include Frank Capra, Charlie Chaplin, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Ida Lupino, Arthur Penn, Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, and others. In addition to the lives and work of those directors, the reading and lectures will address topics such as the economic structure of the American film industry, the history and industrial strategy of Hollywood studios, the major genres, the Production Code and censorship, the introduction of new technology into the production process, the role of stars in the film industry and film criticism, styles of acting, the art of lighting and cinematography, women filmmakers in the studio era, the position of African-Americans inside and outside the Hollywood system, and the decline of the studio era. The class meetings will consist of lectures on TTh and optional MW screenings. 

Additional Details:

This course will provide an introduction to classical Hollywood cinema through the work of several key filmmakers, beginning in the golden age of the studio system in the 1930s and extending into the “New Hollywood” of the 1960s and 1970s. Directors may include Charlie Chaplin, Francis Ford Coppola, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Ida Lupino, Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, and others. The class meetings will consist of lectures on TTh and optional MW screenings.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to authorship in the cinema. The work of a major director or directors. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Cinema Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am
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