Course Description

This course is an introduction to the history of film.  The class will be built on a timeline of films deemed significant for their influence on later work and their representation of their time period and genre.  Surrounding the viewing of these films, classes will investigate how each film represents its particular time period.  Students will learn a basic linear history of film.   Students will be able to identify significant technological advances in film making.  Students will be able to evaluate films for literary qualities.  Students will be familiar with common terms used in the creation and evaluation of films.

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Week of September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18
     Continue viewing of M
Tuesday, September 19
     Continue viewing of M
Wednesday, September 20
     Finish viewing of M
     Portfolio work
Thursday, September 21
     Group project work (LAPTOPS available)
Friday, September 22
     Notes on the Marx Brothers
     Begin viewing of Duck Soup

Week of September 11, 2017

Monday, September 11
     Notes on German Expressionism
     View Trailer of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
     Begin viewing of Nosferatu
Tuesday, September 12
     Continue viewing Nosferatu
Wednesday, September 13
     Finish viewing Nosferatu
     Work on Nosferatu portfolio entry
Thursday, September 14
     Notes on Fritz Lang
     Begin viewing M
Friday, September 15

Week of September 4, 2017

 Monday, Sept 4
Tuesday, Sept 5
     Finish viewing of Safety Last
Wednesday, Sept 6
     Review for Silent Comedy Test
     Work on Film Portfolios
Thursday, Sept 7
     Work on Group Projects (lap-tops available)
Friday, Sept 8
     Silent Comedy TEST

Week of August 28, 2017

 Monday, August 28
     Notes on Buster Keaton
     Group Project Discussion and Group Assignments
Tuesday, August 29
     Begin work on Group Projects (laptops available)
Wednesday, August 30
     Begin viewing of Keaton's The General
Thursday, August 31
     Finish viewing of Keaton's The General
Friday, September 1
     Notes on Harold Lloyd
     Begin viewing of Safety Last

Week of August 21, 2017

 Monday, August 21
     Eclipse Day
Tuesday, August 22
     Early Film History / Hugo TEST
Wednesday, August 23
     Notes on Early Hollywood Studios
     View scenes from D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation
Thursday, August 24
     Notes on Early Silent Comedy
     View Charlie Chaplin's The Kid
Friday, August 25
     Continue viewing of The Kid

Week of August 14, 2017

 Monday, August 14
     Portfolio Information
     Begin viewing of Hugo
Tuesday, August 15
     Continue viewing of Hugo
Wednesday, August 16
     Continue viewing of Hugo
Thursday, August 17
     Finish viewing of Hugo
Friday, August 18
     Final Discussion of Hugo
     Work on Hugo Portfolio entries

Week of August 7, 2017

 Monday, August 7
     Syllabus Overview
Tuesday, August 8
     Ice breaker with Favorite Films
Wednesday, August 9
     Notes on Early Film History (Muybridge, Edison, Lumiere Brothers)
Thursday, August 10
     Continue Notes on Early Film History (Melies, Porter)
Friday, August 11
     Early Film History Timeline