Communication And Culture | History of European and American Cinema I
C393 | 9542 | Solomon
This course will survey the history of European and American silent
cinema (1895-1928). We will examine the emergence of cinema from
various traditions of nineteenth century entertainment and the
systems of production, distribution, and exhibition that supported
its transformation into a medium of dramatic storytelling.
Acknowledging that film represented a new mode of visual
communication which could transcend the linguistic specificity of
other media, we will examine the silent cinema’s intensely
international character with an emphasis on the rich filmmaking
traditions of France, the United States, Germany, and Scandinavia.
Particular attention will be given to the work of a number of
directors who helped to define the vanguard of film style during the
1910s and 1920s, including Griffith, deMille, Tourneur, Murnau, Lang,
and Dreyer. Since we will pay careful attention to such details as
camera movement and lighting, attendance at weekly screenings is
absolutely essential for success in the course.