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Cinema History 1 (CIST 1101)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 2
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This course introduces you to the history, theory, and criticism of Cinema from its origins in the silent era through the sound era of Classical Hollywood, German Expressionism, Russian Montage, and French Poetic Realism. You will examine Cinema as a unique art in the context of other arts and the American and European social milieux. You will also interpret Films in terms of their historical positions, national origins and aesthetics.

Topical Outline:
1. Technological innovation of motion pictures from 1895-1940
2. Evolution of the unique language and vocabulary of cinema
3. Essential skills involved in the interpretation of films through analysis and critique
4. National and International film movements from 1900-1940
5. Influence of political, social and cultural circumstances on film content

Learning Outcomes:
1. Summarize the technical development of motion pictures from 1895 - 1940
2. Recognize the aesthetic techniques used to convey meaning in film
3. Critically analyze a film for its aesthetic techniques
4. Identify specific film movements and describe their contribution to film history
5. Analyze the relationship between film and the political, social and cultural circumstances in which it is produced

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts