COMM 0245 - The Silent Film

Credits: 4

Explores the silent film from its birth in 1895 to its demise around 1930. Students will discover how film techniques and convention that are still in use today were established through experiment and accident during the silent era. The contributions of theater, art, and music to the development of film will be explored. The implications of film as the first modern mass medium will be discussed as students trace the impact of silent films on current cinema and the explosion of celebrity culture. Students will analyze both film form and content with particular attention to the contexts in which silent films were made. Films from Germany, France, and the Soviet union will be included along with those made in Great Britain, and the United States. The course includes lab time each week for watching and analyzing films.

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