Hollywood and Beyond
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module will focus on the history, context and development of cinema from its
origins in pre-cinema to the present day. Though it will have a particular focus upon
Hollywood, the module will also explore the interrelationship between Hollywood and
other national film industries and movements.
The approach is broadly historical/chronological, with the module surveying not just
Hollywood but acknowledging the interplay between its national and international
context and competitors. To this end it will explore how classic Hollywood, (a period
roughly spanning the 1920s to the 1950s) emerged from a variety of aesthetic and
national traditions in silent cinema, the studio system?s eventual decline in the late 50s
and the experimental and commercial variants of New Hollywood post 1967.
The module will also examine future developments within and beyond cinema located
within a technologically mediated, global market place. The module studies both the
social and history context that underpinned these institutional arrangements and some
of the films and genres it produced.
Autumn Semester topics:
? Silent Cinema: Attractions & origins
? Silent cinema: Birth of the industry
? D.W. Griffith
? Cecil B. DeMille: Epics & Sex comedies
? Silent comedy
? Sex icons: Valentino, Garbo
? Studios: Paramount
? Studios: Warner Bros, social Concern, gangsters
? Studios: Columbia
? Genres: Musical
Spring Semester topics:
? Politics of mass culture
? Orson Welles
? European influences
? The Western
? Hollywood Auteurs
? New Hollywood
? Blockbuster & Contextual readings
? Recycling genres: pastiche & postmodernism
Teaching: Weekly 2 hour film screenings, 1 hour lectures and 2 hour seminars.
Assessment: STUDY OPTION 1:
2. 3,000 word essay
STUDY OPTION 2 OR STUDY OPTION 3: essay
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
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