21L.011 The Film Experience

Fall 2006

Still shot of Fred Ott sneezing.
Fred Ott in mid-sneeze. This still comes from the 1894 motion picture Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze: the first copyrighted film in history and the primitive origin from which all of modern film began. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Course Description

This course is an introduction to narrative film, emphasizing the unique properties of the movie house and the motion picture camera, the historical evolution of the film medium, and the intrinsic artistic qualities of individual films. The primary focus is on American cinema, but secondary attention is paid to works drawn from other great national traditions, such as France, Italy, and Japan. The syllabus includes such directors as Griffith, Keaton, Chaplin, Renoir, Ford, Hitchcock, Altman, De Sica, and Truffaut.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. David Thorburn

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Recitations:
One session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate