ENGL-250 US Film History
Fall for 2016-2017
This course is a survey of US film history, focusing on its technological evolution, economic development, and cultural impact over the past 120 years. We will study the ways that different film technologies affect the movies’ social and political significance in the US and examine the role technology plays in the “culture industries.” Specifically, I want us to explore how innovations in film production and exhibition have been used to refresh or redirect the movies’ effects on their audiences. Film and the cinema may seem like well-established phenomena today, but they have been the newest of new media—multiple times! “New media” often seems synonymous with “digital media” in contemporary discourse, but in fact there is nothing inherently digital about newness. This course will study the evolution of film as a new medium, from its birth in the 1890s through its popular and technical reinventions and the (allegedly) spectacular future of digital cinema.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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