Communication And Culture | Hollywood I (1895-1950)
C290 | 0152 | Chris Anderson


C290 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 major
intersection where the popular media -- movies, radio, television,
music, publishing, etc. -- converge and influence one another. 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
studio's 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. Grades will be based
on a combination of short papers and essay exams.

We will view a number of movies and TV programs at evening screening
sessions.  Grades will be based on a combination of exams and short
papers.