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FTS 8: Development of Motion Pictures II: Film from 1927 to the1960s Summer 2012

Instructor: Sarah Nilsen Office: 315 Old Mill Email: Sarah.Nilsen@uvm.edu Class Meeting: online Course Description and Objective: This course traces the development of film from the beginning of sound to the 1960s in the United States, Japan, France, Germany and Italy. In the course of study, we will consider extra-cinematic factors (major historical events, economic situation in America, societal issues, other leisure activities, etc.), and cinematic factors (business practices of the industry, censorship, genres, styles, the star and the star system, and so on) in the development of film. The primary objective of the course is to provide students with an introductory understanding of the history of film from 1930 to 1960 as well as to sharpen skills in critical film analysis. Required Text: Jeffrey Geiger and R.L. Rutsky, eds. Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. W. W. Norton, 2005. (Norton) Electronic reserve readings Screenings: Assignments: 1) Quizzes: weekly online quizzes based on assigned readings, screenings, and course discussions. 2) Film Form Analysis: Each week will be framed by a specific formal aspect of cinema. Students will be assigned an individual classic Hollywood film to analyze for the entire class. Each week you will be expected to write a detailed analysis of the film using the formal element that we studied that week to structure your analysis. 3) Film Analysis Discussion Board: Students will discuss the formal aspects of the film screened that week. 4) Final Paper: Students will prepare a final paper about the film that they were assigned at the start of the class, drawing on their formal analysis to write a historical analysis of the film. Grade breakdown: Quizzes: 25% Film Form Analysis: 25% Film Analysis Discussion Board: 25% Final Paper: 25%

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The Development of Sound Cinema, 1926-1945

Week One: Narrative


Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Assignment: Form: Linear/Non-Linear Narrative History: Classical Hollywood Cinema/ European Art Cinemas Genre: Western Analysis: Narrative

Week Two: Mise En Scene


Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Assignment: Form: Mise en Scene History: Classical Hollywood Cinema/ Japanese Cinema Genre: Gangster Analysis: Mise en scene

Week Three:
Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Assignment:

Cinematography
Form: Three Point Lighting History: Italian Neo-Realism Genre: Film Noir Analysis: Lighting

Week Four: Editing


Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Assignment: Form: Continuity/Non-continuity Editing History: French New Wave Genre: Animated Films Analysis: Editing

Week Five: Sound


Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Assignment: Sound: Diegetic/Non-Diegetic Sound: Classical Hollywood Cinema Genre: Musical Analysis: Sound