CA 527 (M1) - History of Film

History of Film

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2023 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (01/24/2023 - 05/08/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 54301
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.
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Instructors: Jeffrey Klenotic

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/24/2023 5/8/2023 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 credit: "Twi-Lite Cinema Center, Great Falls, Montana," John Margolies, 1987, Library of Congress Free to Use and Reuse Collection, (Note: please disregard the "special fee" reference in the course description; the fee was removed several years ago but the description has not yet been updated to reflect this change.)



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 are also 4th and 5th editions of this book (2018, 2022) that can be used, but these may be more expensive and pagination will vary from the 3rd edition. Also, the print version of the 4th and 5th editions comes ONLY in a non-bound, looseleaf format.)