History of Cinema

Teaching Assistant. FMS 101 A,B,C: History of Cinema: Silent Era to Contemporary. Department of Film and Media Studies. University of California, Irvine (Six Quarters. Assisted Profs. Dimendberg, Benamou, and Tobing-Rony). 2006-2008.


This is a year-long upper-division major requirement that introduces key developments in film technology, industry, and history from silent era to contemporary. 101A, The Silent Era, is an investigation of the technological, economic, social, and aesthetic determinants of the cinema in its first 30 years. The formal strategies and historical importance of films by Méliès, the Lumières, Porter, Griffith, Murnau, Lang, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, and others; 101B, The Sound Era I, explores the formal strategies and socio-historical dynamics of films made between 1930 and 1960, concentrating on representative cinemas and works by Lang, Riefenstahl, Renoir, Welles, De Sica, Ophüls, Kurosawa, and others; 101C, The Sound Era II, studies narrative strategies and formal possibilities in films made since 1960, framing aesthetic questions in political, social, and economic terms, using selected features from Western and non-Western countries.

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