Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 561: Theatre and Cinema: The Hollywood Studio Era

Instructor: Todd Berliner

A man operating a movie camera

This course studies the history and aesthetics of Hollywood cinema from 1927 to 1960, from the beginning of talkies until the break-up of the studio system, one of the richest, most entertaining periods in film history. We will concentrate on the movies as movies-as experiences for spectators-and, wherever we are, we will never be far from our central question and the only question about the cinema that I think much about: What is it about the movies people like that makes people like them? Students will attend weekly film screenings and a separate discussion meeting. Readings cover a range of topics in the style and history of the Hollywood studio era. Films include: Sunrise, The Philadelphia Story, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, On the Waterfront, The Asphalt Jungle, The Searchers, Singin' in the Rain, Psycho, and others.

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Last Update: January 11, 2012