Film History: American Film

Course Description

This course offers an in-depth study of the development of cinema in the United States that takes a broad overview of American film making. Topics include film genre and the relationship of film to art, politics, religion and society. Additionally, the course considers Hollywood’s treatment of ethnic groups, women, and systems of class structure.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding the history of American film after the introduction of sound by both critical and quantitative measurements.
  • Understand and evaluate the role of censorship in American film.
  • Critique the uses of black and white cinematography.
  • Identify and critique the uses of color cinematography.
  • Evaluate and critique significant American directors.
  • Identity and evaluate significant American film personalities.

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