Communication and Culture | Hollywood I
C290 | 14922 | Christopher Anderson

TuTh 9:30AM-10:45AM
Required Film Screenings Tuesdays 7:00 PM-10:30 PM
in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 East Kirkwood Ave.

Fulfills COAS S&H Distribution Requirement

Professor: Christopher Anderson
Office: Ashton-Mottier 216
Phone: 5-5914

This course is part of a two-semester historical survey that covers
the role of Hollywood in the history of modern American culture.
The second course, C292  Hollywood (1950-Present), will be taught
during Spring 2006.  Hollywood is not only the site of motion
picture production, but also a place where the popular media --
movies, radio, television, music, and publishing -- converge. 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.

Students will be expected to attend a weekly screening session in
which we will view feature-length movies and short 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 two
research papers, a Midterm Exam, and a Final Exam.

Tino Balio, Grand Design:  Hollywood as a Modern Business
Enterprise, 1930-39. Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1993.

Eileen Bowser, The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915. Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1990.

Richard Koszarski, An Evening's Entertainment:  The Age of the
Silent Feature Picture, 1915-28.  Berkeley:  University of
California Press, 1990.

Thomas Schatz, Boom and Bust:  American Cinema in the 1940s.
Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1997.

Further information about the course and a sample syllabus from Fall
2003 is available at: