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5AAQS260 Hollywood Cinema

Module convenor: Dr Kulraj Phullar (module previously scheduled to be taught by Dr Martha Shearer)

Credits: 15

Pre-requisite: 4AAQS100 Introduction to Film Studies: Forms

Module description: This module will survey the history of Hollywood cinema from its origins in the 1910s to the present day. We will pay roughly equal attention to the Hollywood film industry (production, distribution, exhibition) and to the content, form, and meanings of Hollywood films (subjects and themes, narrative, setting, visual style, sound, and performance). Key concepts dealt with will include 'Hollywood', the 'studio system', 'classical realism', 'genre', 'stardom', the 'auteur', 'independent' production, and the 'blockbuster'. We will explore the evolution of Hollywood cinema's production methods and artistic techniques, its representation of class, race, and gender, and the different audience groups to which it has sought to appeal. Throughout we will take account of the fact that Hollywood cinema has always been global in its reach while also relating it to its social and historical context within the United States and within Southern California.

Assessment pattern: Participation (15%), 1 x 2000-word Essay (25%), Exam (60%)

Reassessment method: Period 3 reassessment is a 3000 word essay.

Teaching pattern: Ten one-hour lectures, ten three-hour screenings and ten one-hour seminars.

Coursepacks: Core course readings will be provided.

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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