CA 527 (M1) - History of Film

History of Film

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   9  
CRN: 56581
The history of film since 1948. Historical analysis of the development of cinema since the emergence of television, both in the United States and abroad. Selected topics include cinema and the cold war, international stylistic movements, film exhibition, the decline of the studio system, new technologies, third cinema, globalization and economic consolidation. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission. Special fee.
Section Comments: Cross listed with CA 527.M2
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Cross listed with : CA 527.M2
Only listed campus in section: Manchester
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 R 1:01pm - 4:50pm PANDRA P456
Additional Course Details: 

This course surveys key events, representative films, influential filmmakers, major film movements, and defining modes of film exhibition that mark the history of motion pictures from 1945 into the early 21st century. The emphasis is on feature-length narrative, but films in other styles are occasionally presented. In addition to providing access to major works of film art, the course facilitates historical and geographical understanding of vital contexts – industrial, social, cultural, political, national, aesthetic, and technological – that have shaped the medium’s development since World War II. Students gain specialized understanding of cinema history as well as general knowledge of broad patterns in U.S. and world history. (Photograph: "Twi-Lite Cinema Center, Great Falls, Montana" by John Margolies, 1987, Library of Congress Free to Use and Reuse Collection,

Students who wish to take the course in person should register for section M1. Sudents seeking to attend remotely should register for section M2.


One textbook is required for this course: "Film History: An Introduction," 3rd edition (2009) Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell, McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 9780073386133. Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to shop around for the best price on this textbook. Multiple used copies (for rental or purchase) of the 3rd edition may be available across multiple platforms. This book is essential for course exams. If you have ANY QUESTIONS, please email me. (Additional Note: There is also a 4th edition of this book (2018) that can be used, but it may be more expensive and pagination will vary from the 3rd edition. Also, the print version of the 4th edition comes ONLY in a non-bound, looseleaf format.)