This course is an introduction to the world history of cinema from its origins to the present, featuring important and influential films of various types and genres from several countries. Basic formal and technical aspects of the medium and means of analysis are also introduced. Prerequisite: COMM 110. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. G.E.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered odd Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
A Short History of the Movies
By Mast, Gerald & Bruce F. Kawin (Addison-Wesley) Recommended
By Giannetti, Louis D. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Film Art: An Introduction
By Bordwell, David & Kristin Thompson (McGraw Hill) Recommended
Film, Form, and Culture
By Kolker, Robert (McGraw Hill) Recommended
To become familiar with the basic timeline of cinema, from its origins to the present.
To acquire basic formal vocabulary and methods associated with film production, analysis and appreciation.
To associate films in terms of form and content.
Recognize and articulate the evolution of cinema as an art form.
Identify individuals significant in the evolution of the cinematic art.
Develop critical thinking and writing skills as they analyze film form and content.
Apply introductory level organizational and analytical skills when discussing film research.
Demonstrate introductory mastery of film production terminology and technique.
Proto-cinema and the birth of the motion picture
Types of films
Significance of film form
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.