Communication And Culture | Hollywood I (1895-1950)
C290 | 1172 | Anderson
Class: 1-2:15 TR - BH 310
Screening 7-10:30 T - WH 101
This course is part of a two-semester historical survey that covers
the role of Hollywood in the history of modern American culture.
Hollywood is not only the site of motion picture production, but
also a major intersection where the popular media -- movies, radio,
television, music, publishing, etc. -- converge and influence one another.
This first semester course will cover the period from the origins of
commercial filmmaking to the middle of the twentieth century. The
primary focus will be the development of the Hollywood studio system
and the establishment of a classical style of Hollywood filmmaking.
Along the way, this course will also look at several key issues:
movie exhibition, from nickelodeons to movie palaces, and the studios'
strategies for supplying these theaters with movies; the relationship between
Hollywood and Wall Street; the organization of the production process;
the development of stars, genres, and a "Hollywood" film style; the
relationship between movies and other media; technological
innovations; censorship; changes in movie audiences, etc. We will
view feature-length movies and other films produced by the studios
in order to understand how American movies came to function as
both an art and a business. Grades will be based on a combination
of short papers and essay exams