Schedule of Classes

*The following Lecture Schedule is subject to change. Readings and assignments are due by the beginning of class on the dates shown. Additional reading assignments are listed on weekly handouts.

Week 1
8/27 and ONLINE
What is Film? and The Birth of Cinema (1880s-1904)
Bordwell/Thompson Ch 1 “Film as Art” and pp. 462-466

Week 2
9/3 and ONLINE
Film Form: From the Silent Era to Talkies in Hollywood
Bordwell/Thompson Ch 2 “Significance of Film Form”, Ch 3 “Narrative Form”, and pp. 466-469

9/10 NO CLASS — UNIVERSITY FOLLOWS MONDAY SCHEDULE

Week 3
9/17 and ONLINE
Film as Global and Cultural Form: German Expressionism to Russian Formalism
Bordwell/Thompson Ch 4 “The Shot: Mise-en-Scene” and pp. 261-263, 343, 429-433, 469-479

Week 4
9/24 and ONLINE
Hollywood in the 1930s
DUE 9/24   —  4 Icons Paper
Bordwell/Thompson pp. 403-406 and 480-483

Week 5
10/1 and ONLINE
Focus on Orson Welles
Bordwell/Thompson Ch 5 “The Shot: Cinematography,” Ch 6 “The Relation of Shot to Shot: Editing,” and pp. 224-225, 243-244, 315-326, and 406-410

Week 6
10/8 and ONLINE
Focus on Alfred Hitchcock
DUE 10/8 Film Analysis Paper #1: Narrative
Bordwell/Thompson Ch 5 “The Shot: Cinematography,” Ch 6 “The Relation of Shot to Shot: Editing,” and pp. 224-225, 243-244, 315-326, and 406-410

Week 7 
10/15 and ONLINE
Hollywood: The Western and Film Noir
MIDTERM TAKE-HOME ESSAY handed out on 10/15
Bordwell/Thompson Ch 9 “Film Genres” and pp. 235-239

Week 8
10/22     IN-CLASS MIDTERM on TUESDAY 10/22 at 11:30 AM
ONLINE      Hollywood: The Musical
Bordwell/Thompson pp. 344-349

Week 9
10/29 and ONLINE
Postwar European Cinema: Italian Neorealism and French New Wave, Auteur Theory
Bordwell/Thompson Ch. 7 “Sound in the Cinema”, Ch. 8 “Summary: Style and Film Form”, pp. 257-261, 415-420, and 483-488

Week 10
11/5 and ONLINE
Documentary and Experimental Films I: Cinéma Vérité to Pop Cinema
Bordwell/Thompson Ch. 10 “Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films”

Week 11
11/12 and ONLINE
Documentary and Experimental Films II: Legacy of Direct Cinema
DUE 11/12 Film Analysis Paper #2: Genre or Mise-en-scene
Bordwell/Thompson pp. 433-438

Week 12
11/19 and ONLINE
The Fall and Rise of Hollywood

11/26  NO CLASS  — THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Week 13
12/3 and ONLINE
Return of the Hollywood Blockbuster
DUE 12/3 GROUP PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS
Bordwell/Thompson pp. 445-449 and 488-490

Week 14
12/10 and ONLINE Independent Cinema
FINAL TAKE-HOME ESSAY handed out on 12/10
Bordwell/Thompson pp. 410-415 and 490-494

Week 15
12/17 and ONLINE Independent Cinema cont’d
12/17     IN-CLASS FINAL on 12/17 AT 11:30 AM

please note the final exam date and time is

*** THURSDAY DEC 17th 11:30 AM ***

NO exams will be given at an earlier or later date

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