Communication and Culture | Hollywood I
C290 | 15284 | Anderson, C.
MW, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM, EP 220
Required film screenings: Tu, 7:00 PM-10:30 PM, WH 101
Fulfills COLL S&H Requirement
Instructor: Christopher Anderson
Office: Mottier Hall 216
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 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. 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.
Students will be expected to attend a weekly evening screening
session where we will view movies of the period. Grades will be
based on short papers and exams.
*The second course is C292 – Hollywood (1950-Present), which will be
taught during the Spring semester.