Communication and Culture | Hollywood II
C292 | 6077 | Klinger, B.

TuTh, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, SE 105
Required film screening: W, 7:00 PM-10:30 PM, SE 105

Fulfills College S&H Requirement

Instructor: Barbara Klinger
Office: 800 E. 3rd St.  room 225
Phone: 855-1796

This course will survey Hollywood cinema from the post-WWII era of
the late 1940s to the start of the 21st century, examining how
Hollywood and its audiences have changed as a result of a
combination of multiple forces, from economic and technological
developments to social and cultural transformations. We will begin
with the challenges Hollywood faced as a result of the break-up of
the studio system, the introduction of television, suburbanization,
and Cold War paranoia and move toward contemporary times in which
media conglomerates, convergence, globalization, the digital
revolution, multiplexes, and shifting audience demographics define
the business, art, and experience of American cinema. Within this
more than 60 year period, we will consider such topics as how the
industry has been affected by changing business models and box
office, alterations in standards of censorship, the emergence of the
blockbuster, the rise of independent cinema, the impact of new
exhibition formats and technologies (such as cable TV, the VCR, and
DVD), the importance of fandoms, media piracy, and the significance
of international markets. In the process, we will consider some of
the major filmmakers, genres, films, and stars that have
characterized different eras of Hollywood cinema in the context of
key developments in the industry and American culture.

In addition to attending lectures, students are required to attend
weekly screenings featuring key works from the periods we will
study. There will be 3 exams (including the final) and a number of
short writing assignments.

Readings will include selections from: Drew Casper, Postwar
Hollywood; James Monaco, The Sixties; Stephen Prince, A New Pot of
Gold, Justin Wyatt, High Concept: Movies and Marketing in Hollywood,
Edward Jay Epstein, The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood,
and Toby Miller et al., Global Hollywood.