HTY 218 (0001): History of Film

Instructor: Godfried, Nathan

Days/Times:  MWF 1:00-1:50 PM

Location:  North Stevens Hall 237

Course Number:  25043

Description: This course provides an overview of the history of motion pictures from the 1890s into the twenty-first century. It also introduces students to theories and methods of doing film history. In studying the history of motion pictures, we will consider the major individuals who influenced cinema’s technological and aesthetic development and the cultural, political, and economic forces that shaped film. We will examine the development of film as a narrative form, cultural commodity, political object, and art form. The breadth of international film history far exceeds what can be covered in a single semester. This course thus focuses on the history of film in the United States.  But, where appropriate, we will explore specific historical film movements in the Soviet Union, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and elsewhere.

General Education Requirements: Western Cultural Tradition and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives