2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ENGL 335H - International Film History


Credits: 4
This course is a survey of the history and key developments of film—as an institution and art form—from its beginnings to roughly the end of World War II in 1945. Along the way we will study some of the important directors (e.g. Murnau, Griffith, Welles, Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Renoir, Lang, et al.) and view films that are considered landmarks in the history of cinema (e.g. Nosferatu, Citizen Kane, The Battleship Potemkin, Stagecoach, Bicycle Thieves). We will study films produced by American studios, but we will also spend a considerable amount of time exploring how these films developed in dialogue with other national cinemas. To that end, the course is international in scope; in addition to screening a number of American films, we will also examine films by Soviet, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian directors.
Prerequisite: Membership in Bascom Honors Program