This course provides an advanced introduction to the history of cinema from the end of the nineteenth century through the international development of film as a transformative technology, art form, and commercial medium up to the present time. We will explore the major movements in cinema (including the silent era; classical and post-classical Hollywood cinema; German Expressionism; Soviet montage cinema; experimental, documentary, and avant-garde cinema; Italian Neorealism; French New Wave; Bollywood Cinema; Third Cinema; and global art cinema). By concentrating on the historical development of filmic mise-en-scene, the photographic image, editing, cinematography, and the relation of sound to the image, students will learn to view film as a complex visual language and to understand how the combination of sound and image articulate film’s narrative, psychological, social and ideological purposes. We will integrate our investigations of cinematic issues with those of class, gender, and race.
- Instructor: Nilgun Bayraktar