FIL-1100 Exploring American Cinema

Movies have been called “the art form of the 20th century,” and Hollywood has been described as “the Dream Factory.” This course examines how American motion pictures have weaved their powerful spell on generations of moviegoers — including today’s motion picture fans. How did classic Hollywood films tell their stories? What was their “visual language?” How did the history of the studios help to shape the movies? In this course students watch, read about, and examine films of various genres including the Western, film noir, screwball comedy, and horror. This course also explores modern Hollywood topics such as film franchises and the equal representation and diversity in films.



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