FIL2400 - History of the American Cinema
Note: Due to legal restrictions, some of the broadcast programs are edited. Language classified as legally obscene in Lee County has been "blipped." However, unedited versions of the programs are available at the library. The unedited versions may be especially helpful in the discussions of contemporary American films.
B. Supplemental programs broadcast over WGCU-TV, cable and commercial channels.
C. A textbook, American Cinema/American Culture, by John Belton
D. Study Guide for American Cinema, by Ed Sikov
E. Additional screenings from the Edison library, public libraries, or video rental stores. These are recommended but not required. Films in bold are directly related to the text or videos. Films marked with a * are especially important to the understanding of the material. Please try to screen the * films.
Note: Many of the films from the 1960's through the 1990s are rated R and contain violence and sex.
F. Three class meetings (optional, but really helpful):
Saturday, August 29 -- 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Hendry Hall 143
Course Orientation and discussion on the language of film
Saturday, September 19 -- 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Hendry Hall 143
Discussion of mise en scene.
Saturday, November 14 -- 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Hendry Hall 143
Final Study Guide, discussion on the business of film.
Covering weeks 1-6
Covering weeks 7-11
A Final covering the entire semester
H. Two written assignments.
You have two required assignments taken from the Study Guide. These written assignments range from one to three pages. You can bring them to class, E-mail them, fax them, or have them put in my mailbox. But they MUST be typed!
B. Begin each week by reading the Study Guide for each unit. Read the Study Guide first. Pay special attention to the "Study Plan for This Unit" section.
C. Read the textbook chapters next. Jot down in your journal anything confusing, anything interesting.
D. Then watch the videos. Don't try to watch them at midnight! Tape them, watch them slowly, stop if you don't understand something, rewind and watch the clips again, watch the clips in slow motion. This type of TV watching is hard work. But it's the heart of a telecourse.
E. After watching the video, go back to the Study Guide. Do any of the
assignments that appeal to you or are required and take the Self
Test to check your understanding of the material.
F. Go to the Edison library, your local public library, or your local video store and check out any additional videos that look interesting. You'll only see clips in the telecourse programs. But movies have beginnings, middles, and ends. A clip is fine for studying technique, but you'll learn nothing about the soul of the film.
B. Your written assignments will be graded subjectively. I'll look at how much you write and in what detail. Clarity of thought and expression will also count (can I read it, does it make sense.)
This is also my 22nd anniversary as a college teacher. I started teaching Film History and Criticism in 1975 for the University of South Carolina. I was also a full time faculty member of Seton Hall University, teaching film and television production, history, and criticism. This is my fifth year as an Instructor for Edison. In addition to this course, I teach Freshman English, Introduction to Broadcasting, and Internet Research.
I've written articles for a half dozen film and television journals and was a film critic for several years for magazines and newspapers in South Carolina.
I'm also an Internet consultant and Past President of the Naples Free-Net.
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