Spring 2001 (3 credit hours)
TCF 112 aims to introduce the student to the history of film and to explore some of the major conceptual models (e.g., formalism, genre theory, auteurism, and so on) that have been applied to that history.
In a sense, there are three "texts" for this course:
- The course readings:
Louis Giannetti, Scott Eyman, Flashback: A Brief History of Film, 4th edition (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001). If you can't find it locally, then buy it online in the textbook section of www.barnesandnoble.com .
- The course lectures
- The course films
Giannetti & Eyman will supply the student with the basic facts of film history. The lectures augment those facts with specific interpretations of them. The films themselves illustrate both the readings and the lectures.
A+ 97-100 C+ 77-79 A 93-96 C 73-76 A- 90-92 C- 70-72 B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69 B 83-86 D 63-66 B- 80-82 D- 60-62 F 59 and belowPosting of Grades:
If you give us written permission to do so, your grades will be posted by the last four digits of your student ID number in the hallway outside room 216. They may also be found on the TCF Website:
Academic Misconduct Policy:
The tests/exams' questions assume the student has attended all lectures and film screenings.
Disabilities Accommodation Policy:
All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct.
Film Screenings & Film Credits:
To request disability accommodations, please contact Disabilities Services (348-4285). After initial arrangements are made with Disabilities Services, contact Jeremy Butler.
There will be no other opportunity to see the films other than the in-class screenings. Most are not available for rental on videocassette/DVD. These films serve as our texts. Ringing cel phones, talking or other disturbances will not be tolerated during screenings.
The best source for film credits is the Internet Movie Database: us.imdb.com . Click on the film titles below to access their credits on the IMDb.
Subject to revisions announced in class.
= lecture notes
|1/10||Introduction to the Course|
|Lumière & Edison Shorts (1890's)|
|Impossible Voyage (Méliès, 1904)|
|1/17||The Evolution of Narrative Film|
|The Docks of New York (von Sternberg, 1928)||Chs. 1, 2|
|1/22||German Silent Film: Expressionism & Kammerspielfilm|
|1/24||The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene, 1920)||Ch. 4|
|1/29||Silent Film Comedy: Buster Keaton|
|1/31||Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Keaton, 1928)||Ch. 3|
|2/5||Russian Formalism: Sergei Eisenstein|
|2/7||The Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925)||Review ch. 4 (pp. 84-92)|
|*Readings Test 1: Chs. 1, 2, 3, 4*|
|2/12||Classical Hollywood Cinema|
|2/14||Tarzan and His Mate (Gibbons, 1934)||Ch. 5, 6|
|2/19||Bazinian Realism: Jean Renoir|
|2/21||The Crime of M. Lange (Renoir, 1936)||Ch. 7|
of the North (Flaherty, 1922)
Congorilla (Johnson, 1932)
Don't Look Back (Pennebaker, 1967)
Taxicab Confessions (Gantz & Gantz, 1995)
|3/5||Auteur Theory: Alfred Hitchcock|
|3/7||Notorious (Hitchcock, 1946)||Ch. 8|
|3/12||Italian Neorealism: Vittorio DeSica|
|3/14||The Bicycle Thief (DeSica, 1948)||Ch. 9|
|3/19||Feminism and Film|
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (Maggenti, 1995)
|*Readings Test 2: Chs. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9*|
|4/2||French New Wave: Jean-Luc Godard|
|4/4||Vivre Sa Vie (Godard, 1962)||Chs. 11, 13|
|4/9||Genre Study I: Screwball Comedy|
|4/11||My Man Godfrey (La Cava, 1936)||Review ch. 6 (pp. 149-52)|
|4/16||New German Cinema: Werner Herzog|
|4/18||Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog, 1972)||Ch. 15|
|4/23||Genre Study II: Film Noir|
|4/25||Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944)|
|4/30||The Breakdown of Hollywood Classicism|
|5/2||Friday (Gray, 1995)||Chs. 10, 12, 14 (optional: 16-18)|
|5/9, Wed., 2:00||**Readings Test 3: Chs. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15**|