PMA 2560

PMA 2560

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

From the beginning of the twentieth century to the present moment, movies -- and in particular Hollywood -- have profoundly influenced the ways in which people see, think and talk about the world. Focusing mostly on Hollywood film, this course introduces the study of American cinema from multiple perspectives: as an economy and mode of production; as an art form that produces particular aesthetic styles; as a cultural institution that comments on contemporary issues and allows people to socialize. We will consider the rise of Hollywood in the age of mass production; the star system; the introduction of sound and the function of the soundtrack; Hollywood's rivalry with television; censorship; the rise of independent film, etc. Weekly screenings introduce major American genres (e.g. science fiction, film noir, the musical) and directors (e.g. Hitchcock, Kubrick, Tarantino).

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (LA-AS)
Course Subfield (HTC)

Comments Each student must enroll in a section and attend one screening per week.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AMST 2760ENGL 2761VISST 2300

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16769 PMA 2560   LEC 001

  • Film viewing is required for this class. Films will be available for viewing on Blackboard and will also be screened after Monday class meetings from approx. 8:45-10:30.

  • 16885 PMA 2560   DIS 201

  • 16886 PMA 2560   DIS 202

  • 16887 PMA 2560   DIS 203

  • 16888 PMA 2560   DIS 204

  • 18200 PMA 2560   DIS 205

  • 18204 PMA 2560   DIS 206