About FTS 1420 A

Introduction to basic film history, theory, and analytical skills. An historical overview of classical international cinema.


Open to Degree and PACE students; Crosslisted with FTS 1420 B; Total combined enrollment = 100

Section Description

This course provides an overview of the history of cinema from its inception until 1960. Topics will include: the invention of motion picture and the establishment of a film industry; the birth of narrative films and developments in the use of cinematic technique; the early melodrama and the race film; Soviet montage and German Expressionism; and the emergence of genres (comedy, melodrama, and noir).

Section Expectation

Quizzes 20% Screening Notes 20% Three Exams 60% (20% each)

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