CA 527 (M1) - History of Film

History of Film

Manchester   Coll of Professional Studies :: Communication Arts
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 53586
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.
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Prerequisite(s): CMN 455
Instructors: Jeffrey Klenotic

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 W 1:10pm - 5:00pm PANDRA P456
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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.

Course Outcomes: After completing this course, students will be able to:

1) Identify key events, films, filmmakers, and film movements that define cinema history since 1945.

2) Appreciate the global diversity and range of styles encompassed within film history.

3) Understand how film history intersects with a wide range of other historical contexts.

4) Explain the major changes that have occurred in the U.S. film industry since 1945.

5) Perform basic professional programming practices common in cinema arts institutions.



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 non-hardback print version of the 4th and 5th editions comes only in a non-bound, looseleaf format.)