Communication and Culture | Hollywood II (1950-Present)
C292 | 14592 | Christopher Anderson

MW, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM, Location: TBA

Films shown on Tuesdays, 7:00 PM-10:30 PM
at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Fulfills COAS S&H Requirement

Instructor: Christopher Anderson
Office: Mottier Hall 216
Phone: 855-5914

Much has changed in Hollywood over the last several decades.  Movie
studios have been absorbed into transnational conglomerates that
view film production as merely one source in a worldwide stream of
revenue that also includes video games, television networks, theme
parks, record labels, publishing houses, and dozens of other
businesses.  New distribution technologies – cable, satellites, home
video, and the Internet – have turned the family home into
Hollywood’s most lucrative exhibition market.  International markets
have surpassed the U.S. market as a source of industry profits.
Digital technologies promise to change the entire experience of
movies, television, and other forms of popular entertainment.

This course will explore the ways in which Hollywood has adapted and
survived in spite of the changes that have taken place over the past
few decades.  Although the entertainment industries have changed
dramatically since the days of the Hollywood studio system, the
term “Hollywood” survives because it stands for several things: a
mode of cultural production, a style of storytelling and filmmaking,
a highly marketable type of entertainment, and a landmark in the
global cultural landscape.  In all these senses, Hollywood has shown
remarkable resilience in its ability to incorporate changes into the
structures established first by a small band of entrepreneurs nearly
eighty years ago.

C 292 is part of a two-semester sequence that begins with C 290:
Hollywood I (1895-1950).  Together these courses present a
comprehensive social, cultural, and economic history of the
entertainment industries in America since the rise of motion
pictures.  A student does not need to have taken C 290 in order to
enroll in C 292 (but it is recommended).  Students in C 292 will be
expected to attend both lectures and a weekly evening screening
session used to view movies and television programs.  Grades will be
based on two exams, two papers, and several small assignments and