HTY 218: History of Film

Instructor: Professor Michael Lang

Days/Time: TTh 12:30-1:45pm

Course Number: 44240

Location: BOU237

Description: This course provides an overview of the history of motion pictures from the 1890s through the end of the twentieth century.  It also introduces students to theories and methods of doing film history.  In studying the history of motion pictures, we will consider the cultural, political, and economic forces that helped shape film as well as the individuals who influenced cinema’s technological and aesthetic development.  We will examine the growth 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 will focus on the history of film in the United States, but it will note specific historical film movements in the Soviet Union, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and elsewhere.

General Education Requirements: This course satisfies the Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives and the Western Cultural Tradition requirements.