English 250. Film History I: Cinema to 1940
This course examines motion picture history from the late 19th century to the advent of World War II. Students will be introduced to the artistic, technological, industrial and social dimensions of film during these decades. Areas of focus may include: emergence of film narrative, genre, silent features and the star system; formation of the Hollywood studio system; American “race movies”; Soviet montage; German expressionism; French impressionism; documentary and avant-grade cinema and so on.