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CAS 3421 : The Birth of Cinema
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (CCAD)
The Birth of Cinema
The Birth of Cinema
Fall 2016
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Between the 1890s and the 1920s, moving pictures evolved from a children's diversion to a force that transformed modern life at all levels. As new technology, as industry, and as a medium of mass art, the cinema contributed significantly to the United States' economic and cultural domination of the twentieth century. In this course, we will examine the global history of the silent cinema through outstanding examples, focusing on aesthetic as well as social issues, with particular emphasis on the development of Hollywood and production. We begin with the proto-cinema of zoopraxiscopes and nickelodeons, and conclude with a consideration of the parallels between early cinema and the emerging media of representation in the contemporary world. Graduate students in this course offer in-class critiques of required readings in relevant criticism; and prepare a seminar research project in one of four key topic areas: The Cinema of Attractions; Style and Ideology in National Cinemas; Social and Economic Dimensions of the American Cinema Market; Experimental Traditions and Counter-Cinema.
Candidates who successfully complete this course should be able to demonstrate that they can:  Describe the historical development of the technology, social and economic practices, and narrative styles and codes, that created the forms of cinema between approximately 1895 and 1927  Explain the significance of the Hollywood production system and of national cinemas as a distinctive modern phenomenon in society and art  Discuss the relation of the rise of cinema to American cultural and economic domination of the twentieth century  Distinguish the artistic aims and sensibilities of major figures and movements in cinema around the world, with special emphasis on Hollywood cinema  Identify the role of cinema in creating the form and social dimensions of the modern mass audience, including the tendencies to both homogenization and the establishment of niche audiences and ancillary markets
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This is the graduate level of CAS 3421. There is no comparable course offered in Film Studies, which has a two-semester survey of world cinema, screenwriting courses, and a course on genres in film.
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