Motion Picture History & Criticism

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Date Topic/Screening Readings
1/9 Early Cinema click for images
Le Prince Shorts (1880s)
Blacksmith Scene #1 (Edison, 1893) click for video
Something Good - Negro Kiss (Selig, 1898) click for video
Lumière Shorts (1890s) click for video
A Trip to the Moon (Méliès, 1902) click for video click for video click for images
1/14 The Evolution of Narrative Film click for images
Life of an American Fireman (Edison, 1903) click for video
The Great Train Robbery
(Porter, 1903) click for video click for video
Rescued by Rover (Hepworth / Fitzhamon, 1904) click for video
The Lonedale Operator (Griffith, 1911) click for images click for video
Chs. 2, 3
1/16 The Evolution of Narrative Film, Continuedclick for images
The Birth of a Nation (Griffith, 1915) click for images click for video (excerpt) click for video
The Artist (Hazanavicius, 2011)
1/23 German Silent Film: Expressionism & Kammerspielfilm Ch. 7
  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene, 1920) click for images click for images click for images click for video

The Last Laugh (Murnau, 1924) click for video
1/28 Silent Film Comedy: Buster Keaton click for images click for images Ch. 4, 6
1/30 The Art of the Gag (Zhou, 2015) click for video
Sherlock, Jr. (Keaton, Cline; 1921)
2/4 Russian Formalism: Sergei Eisenstein click for images Ch. 8
2/6 The Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925)
View Part 5 (final 16 minutes) online, through Blackboard.
READINGS TEST 1: Chs. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 (not chapter 8)
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Recommended: Casablanca at the Hollywood 16 Theatres, 2:00 and 7:00 pm  
2/11 Classical Hollywood Cinema click for images Ch. 9
2/13 Sullivan's Travels (Sturges, 1941)
Recommended: How to Sleep (1935)
2/18 Bazinian Realism: Jean Renoir click for images click for images Ch. 10
2/20 The Crime of M. Lange (Renoir, 1936) click for images click for images  
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2/27 Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)  
3/4 Auteur Theory: Alfred Hitchcock click for images click for images click for images Ch. 11
3/6 Documentary Form
Nanook of the North (Flaherty, 1922) click for video, click for video
Congorilla (Johnson, 1932) click for video
Triumph of the Will (Riefenstahl, 1935) click for video
The Nazis Strike (Capra, Litvak, 1943) click for video (Internet Archive version)
Date Etiquette (Peshak, 1952) click for video
Dont Look Back (Pennebaker, 1967) click for video
Taxicab Confessions (Gantz & Gantz, 1995) click for video
3/18 Italian Neorealism: Vittorio DeSica click for images
Ch. 12 + 13
(pp. 220-231 only)
3/20 Bicycle Thieves (DeSica, 1948)
READINGS TEST 2: Chs. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 (pp. 220-231 only)
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3/25 Genre Study: Film Noir click for images  
3/27 The Lady from Shanghai (Welles, 1947)
Last day to drop a course with grade of "W".
4/1 French New Wave: Jean-Luc Godard click for images click for images Ch. 13
(pp. 231-250 only)
4/3 Breathless (Godard, 1960) click for images
Hommage Kit (Butler, 1978) click for images
4/8 Gender Representation in Film click for images Ch. 15, 18
4/10 She's the Man (Fickman, 2006)  
4/15 New German Cinema: Werner Herzog click for images Ch. 16
4/17 Encounters at the End of the World (Herzog, 2007)
READINGS TEST #3: chs. 13 (pp. 231-250 only), 15, 16, 18, 19
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4/22 The Breakdown of Hollywood Classicism click for images click for images click for images Ch. 19
4/24 Course Summary
Widows (McQueen, 2018)
Thursday, May 2th, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
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