SRJC Course Outlines

6/19/2024 2:12:31 PMMEDIA 41 Course Outline as of Fall 2000

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  MEDIA 41Title:  INTRO TO FILM HISTORY  
Full Title:  Introduction to Film History
Last Reviewed:3/13/2000

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A survey of film history from 1895 to the present, with emphasis upon D.W. Griffith, German Expressionism, Soviet Montage, Hollywood Studio System, New Wave, and international trends through screenings, lecture, and discussion.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for Engl 1A or equivalent.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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History of film from 1895 to the present, with screenings, lecture, and discussion.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for Engl 1A or equivalent.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive:Summer 2012
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C1ArtsFall 1981Summer 2012
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3AArtsFall 1981Summer 2012
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Summer 2012
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Summer 2012

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The student will:
1. Grasp the basic course of film history from 1895 to the present
2. Identify the technological, economic, and aesthetic changes which have
3. Evaluate the impact of above changes on contemporary international
4. Recognize and evaluate the contribution of significant historical
  movements and film-makers in shaping the history of motion pictures.

Topics and Scope
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A. The Birth of Motion Pictures
1. Technological inventions and evolution
2. Rise of studio system and industry
3. Aesthetic evolution from documentary to fictional film
B. Development of Film Grammar
 1. Beginnings of film narrative
 2. Use of separate shots, camera angles
 3. Story-telling without sound.
C. International Contributions to Early Film History
 1. French -- Lumiere Brothers, Georges Melies: reality vs. fantasy
 2. D.W. Griffith -- maturing technique and narrative
D. Early U.S. Film Industry
1. Star system
2. Feature film
3. Business Practices
4. Evolution as entertainment and cultural force
E. German Expressionism/Soviet Montaage
1. German mis-en-scene
   a. influence on American art film, horror, film noir
2. Soviet experiments in montage: Kuleshov, Pudhovin, Eisenstein
   a. Cinema as propaganda
F. Hollywood in the 30's and 40's
1. Major/minor studios
2. Genres
3. Star system evolution
4. Importance of production technique
5. Coming of sound -- technology and aesthetics
G. French New Wave
1. Auteur theory
2. Camera - stylo
3. Impact on U.S. theory and criticism
H. Hollywood in the 50's and 60's
2. Supreme Court rulings -- Paramount Decrees
3.Impact of TV
4.Impact of wide-screen, color
5. Rating System
I. International Film
1. Japanese Cinema
2. Italian Neo-Realism
3. Emergence of Third World Cinema
4. Australian - Commonwealth Cinema
J. New Hollywood
1. U.S. domination of world cinema
2. Economic changes in studio system
3. Blockbusters, sequels, franchises, marketing
4. Impact of new technologies on film

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Assignments will include readings and viewing of historically relevant
films used as the basis of lectures, discussions, term papers and

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 75%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Short History of the Movies, Gerald Mast, 7th ed.,Allyn & Bacon, Boston
 c. 1996
Movie History: A Survey, Douglas Gomery, International Thomson, c. 1991

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