|LEC #||TOPICS||REQUIRED FILMS |
(SCREENED IN ENTIRETY)
|SUPPORTING FILMS |
(CLIPS SHOWN IN CLASS)
|ASSIGNED READINGS AND VIDEOS|
|I. THE SILENT ERA|
The Great Train Robbery. Directed by Edwin S. Porter. 11 min. Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1903.
A Beast at Bay. Directed by D. W. Griffith. 14 min. 1912.
Lonely Villa. Directed by D. W. Griffith. 7 min. 1909.
Muskateers of Pig Alley. Directed by D. W. Griffith. 17 min. 1912.
Cops. Directed by Buster Keaton. 18 min. First National Pictures, Inc., 1922.
The General. Directed by Buster Keaton. 75 min. United Artists, 1926.
The Public Domain Films page links to these and related films.
[Cook], pp. 1–41, 51–85.
Gunning, Tom. "An Aesthetic of Astonishment: Early Film and the (In)Credulous Spectator." Art and Text 34 (1989).
[Cook], pp. 177–82.
The Immigrant. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. 20 min. Mutual Film Corp., 1917.
Easy Street. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. 19 min. Mutual Film Corp., 1917.
Modern Times. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. 87 min. United Artists, 1936.
|See the Public Domain Films page for links to other Chaplin films.|
|5-6||Film as a global and cultural form: German film|| |
Nosferatu. Directed by F. W. Murnau. 93 min. Film Arts Guild, 1922.
The Last Laugh. Directed by F. W. Murnau. 101 min. UFA, 1924.
|[Cook], Chapters 4–5.|
|II. HOLLYWOOD GENRES|
|7-8||Hollywood in the 1930s|| |
It Happened One Night. Directed by Frank Capra. 105 min. Columbia Pictures, 1934.
His Girl Friday. Directed by Howard Hawks. 92 min. Columbia Pictures, 1940.
Ball of Fire clip: Stanwyck character meets Cooper and the other professors. Directed by Howard Hawks. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 1941.
The Lady Eve clip: Stanwyck character comments on the women trying to get the attention of Fonda. Directed by Preston Sturges. Paramount Pictures, 1941.
|[Cook], Chapters 7–8.|
Shadow of a Doubt. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 108 min. Universal Pictures, 1943.
Rear Window. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 112 min. Paramount Pictures, 1954.
Psycho clip: shower scene. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount Pictures, 1960.
Battleship Potemkin clip: "Odessa Steps" sequence. Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein. Goskino, 1925.
Cabinet of Dr Caligari clip: Sleepwalking monster takes woman. Directed by Robert Wiene. Decla-Bioscop, 1920.
|11-12||The Musical|| |
Singin' in the Rain. Directed by Stanely Donen and Gene Kelly. 103 min. MGM, 1952.
Cabaret. Directed by Bob Fosse. 124 min. Allied Artists, 1972.
Busby Berkeley sequence: Dick Powell and a universe of women.
Top Hat clip: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance to "Cheek to Cheek." Directed by Mark Sandrich. RKO, 1935.
|Braudy, Leo. "Genre: The Conventions of Connection." In Film Theory and Criticism. Edited by Gerald Mast and Marshall Cohen. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 1979, pp. 443–68. ISBN: 9780195025033.|
|13-14||The Western||The Searchers. Directed by John Ford. 119 min. Warner Bros., 1956.|| |
My Darling Clementine clip: Wyatt and Clementine at the church dedication. Directed by John Ford. 20th Century Fox, 1946.
High Noon clip: opening ballad with villains riding through town. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. United Artists, 1952.
[Cook], Chapter 12.
Stone, Robert. "The Search Party." The New York Times, November 10, 2007.
|15-16||Film in the 1970s||McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Directed by Robert Altman. 120 min. Warner Bros., 1971.|| |
McCabe and Mrs. Miller clip: gunfight on the bridge, young man is killed. Directed by Robert Altman. Warner Bros., 1971.
The Long Goodbye clip: detective Marlowe shoots a friend who got away with murder. Directed by Robert Altman. United Artists, 1973.
[Cook], pp. 845–68.
Lethem, Jonathan. "The Greatest Death Scene." The New York Times, November 10, 2007.
|III. INTERNATIONAL MASTERS|
|17-18||Renoir and Poetic Realism||Grand Illusion. Directed by Jean Renoir. 114 min. World Pictures, 1937.|| |
Boudu Saved From Drowning clip: Boudu leaves his own wedding party on the river. Directed by Jean Renoir. Les Établissements Jacques Haïk, 1932.
Grand Illusion clip: dinner scene in camp near the beginning. Directed by Jean Renoir. World Pictures, 1937.
|[Cook], pp. 303–26.|
|19-20||Italian Neorealism||Bicycle Thieves. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. 93 min. Ente Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche, 1948.|| |
Rome, Open City clip: child saboteurs return home to their parents. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Minerva Film S.p.A., 1945.
Umberto D. clip: old men on a bus. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Dear Film, 1952.
[Cook], pp. 355–68.
|21-22||The French New Wave||The 400 Blows. Directed by François Truffaut. 99 min. Cocinor, 1959.||[Cook], pp. 431–58.|
|23||Kurosawa's Rashomon||Rashomon. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 88 min. Daiei Film Co. Ltd., 1950.||Seven Samurai clip: journey to village with Mifune's character fishing. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho, 1954.|
|24||Summary Perspectives: Film as Art and Artifact|