History | Screening History
T100 | 29513 | Roseman
ABOVE CLASS WILL MEET FOR FIVE WEEKS:
FEBRUARY 3-MARCH 3, 2010
Above class restricted to History majors only; History minors
interested in this class should contact History undergraduate
advisor, Jim Basore (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This course looks at the way major historical events have been
treated in film. It is not a course focusing on the history of
cinema, or on cinematic technique; its focus remains squarely on
history and memory. Its title “screening history” is a reminder
that cinema is a very selective medium. While some features of the
past are brought into the foreground in a way no other medium can
achieve, others are downplayed or excluded. Movies also offer
particular insights into the way societies remember the past.
Because movies are often a very expensive artistic medium, dependent
on large audiences and involving large teams in their production,
they can give us a sense of the themes and events in the past that
excite popular attention and interest at a given time. In this
sense, screening history offers a double history – of the events
portrayed, and of the way societies remember.
The course consists of five evening sessions each devoted to a
particular film. The primary sources for the course will be the
films themselves. A list of recommended readings will be provided
for each film. Assessment will be based on attendance, discussion
participation, and completion of one film review.