PMA 2560

PMA 2560

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

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 Spring.

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

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17775PMA 2560  LEC 001

  • There will be required screenings after class on Monday some weeks.

  • 17776PMA 2560  DIS 201

  • 17777PMA 2560  DIS 202

  • 17778PMA 2560  DIS 203

  • 17779PMA 2560  DIS 204