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Week 1 – Sept 1 – Film Historiographic Methods & The Invention of Motion Pictures

Reading: Early Movie Reviews 1895-1905 + Tom Gunning’s “Cinema of Attractions

Viewing: Self Selected Early Shorts. Go to Silent Film Online, a film database available via the GC Film Studies Resources Page (scroll down to find the link on the left hand side). You’ll need to login with your GC credentials. Once inside: click on Filter ( ) near the middle of the page and filter by year: between1894 and 1900. The 129 selections that will be available are all about 30 seconds to 3 minutes long with the majority one minute or less. Watch:

          1. “The Barbershop,” “The John C. Rice-May Irwin Kiss,” “Black Diamond Express no. 1” + Any 6-8 others tagged as Thomas Edison, William Heise, or William K.L. Dickson under “Person”
          2. “Sortie d’usine,” “Repas de bebe,” and “Le jardinier et le petit espiegle” + Any 6-8 others tagged as any Lumiere under “Person”
          3. “The Astronomer’s Dream” tagged as George Méliès under “Person”
          4. Any additional you would like

Note: Among your selections, try to watch 6-8 that are tagged under content type as “Performance” (the majority are tagged “Documentary”)

+ watch the first 7-8 minutes from Harun Farocki Workers Leaving the Factory (1995 Vimeo link)

Download + review: from our Commons group on The Origins of Cinema (ppt with narration)

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Week 2 – Sept 8 – The Nickelodeon Boom & Branding Moving Pictures

Reading: Smoodin, “The History of Film History” + Abel, The Red Rooster Scare, Chs: 1, 2, 3, 5.

Viewing: The following silent shorts (selection of Star, Edison, and Pathé films)

Star: Melies’ “Voyage to the Moon” (1902, 13 min)

Edison: Porter’s “Life of an American Firefighter” (1903, two versions): Original  (5 min) + “Corrected” (5 min), Porter’s “The Great Train Robbery” (1903, 13 min)

Pathé Films: Wonderful Album (1905, 2 min mute it, there’s a strange rock soundtrack), A butterfly’s metamorphosis (1904, 2 min), Passion Play (1907, 43 min, watch 15 min or so, or however much more you’d like), Dog Smugglers (1906, 7.35 min), The River Ozu, Japan (1906, 1 min), Cinderella (1907, 14 min)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

[Optional Viewing: If you have extra time and are interested, either of these two documentaries provides a good introduction into the distribution channels and the current materiality of early silent film:  Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison, 2016 MUBI), Saving Brinton (Haines and Sherburne, 2017 Amazon Prime)]

Week 3 – Sept 15 – Early Celebrity Culture & Lois Weber

Reading: Shelley Stamp, “Lois Weber and the Celebrity of Matronly Respectability” (In Looking Past the Screen) + Jane M. Gaines, “Of Cabbages and Authors” + On the Lot with Lois Weber Photoplay Oct 1917

Viewing: Where Are My Children? (Lois Weber, 1916, YouTube) + Suspense (Weber, 1913)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

Week 4 – Sept 22 – Oscar Micheaux & Silent Race Films

Reading: Charlene Regester’s “The African-American Press and Race Movies, 1909–1929” + Bowser’s Intro from Oscar Micheaux and his Circle + Green’s “The Reemergence of Oscar Micheaux: Micheaux Timeline and Bib Essay” (PDF here and book full text via GC Library)

Viewing: Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920, MUBI, Criterion)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

*Tue Sept 29 No class – Monday Schedule

 Week 5 – Oct 6 – Pre-Code & Classical Hollywood + GC Librarian Q&A

Reading: Doherty’s Pre-Code Hollywood, Chs. 1, 2, 5, 10, and Appendices

Viewing: Baby Face (Albert Green, 1933, Amazon Rental or YouTube Rental) + Roxanne Shirazi Lib Guide (slide presentation link / or pdf version)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

Week 6 – Oct 13 – Legacies of the Hollywood Blacklist

Reading: McGilligan and Buhle’s Tender Comrades, Introduction and Interview with Polonsky + Excerpt from Smith, Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist (Intro and Ch. 4) [Ch.4 is LONG, feel free to stop on p. 37]

Viewing: Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise, 1959, YouTube)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

Week 7 – Oct 20 – Neo-Realisms: Italy & India

Reading: André Bazin, “A New Aesthetic of Reality” + Cesare Zavattini, “Some Ideas on the Cinema” + Selections from Satyajit Ray, from Our Films, Their Films

Viewing: Paisà (Roberto Rossellini, 1946, Criterion) + Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955, Criterion)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

Week 8 – Oct 27 – European New Waves: France

Reading: Making Waves: Intro, Ch 1, 2, 3, 5, 11 + Francois Truffaut, “A Certain Tendency in French Cinema

Viewing: Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959 Alain Resnais, 1959, Criterion)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

Midterm Paper Due to BB Assignments (How to Upload to Blackboard)

 Week 9 – Nov 3 – European New Waves: Czechoslovakia

Readings: Making Waves: Ch 7, 8, 9, 13 + Michael Koresky, “Pearls of the Czech New Wave” (this article includes brief summaries of the shorts and the film below.)

Viewing: A Report on the Party and the Guests (Jan Nemec, 1966, Criterion) + two Shorts from Pearls of the Deep (Criterion)

Selections in Pearls of the Deep can be found in the following spots of the selection on Criterion Channel: 1) Mr. Balthazar’s Death (0-25min), 2) The Imposters (25-36min), 3) House of Joy (36-59min), 4) Restaurant of the World (59-1:23), 5) Romance (1:23-1:47)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

Week 10 – Nov 10 – Third Cinema

Readings: Glauber Rocha, “The Aesthetics of Hunger” + Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, “Towards a Third Cinema.” + “Individual Achievement and Collective Fulfillment and Collective Achievement” + Julianne Burton, “Memories of Underdevelopment in the Land of Overdevelopment

Viewing: Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomas Guitierrez Alea, 1968, Criterion)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

Week 11 – Nov 17 – NYPL Performing Arts Research Branch Film Collection

Readings: Two articles by our guest, Elena Rossi-Snook: “Persistence of Vision” + “Don’t Be a Segregationist: Program Films for Everyone” + Jacqueline Stewart’s “Discovering Black Film History: Tracing the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection

Viewing: Suzanne, Suzanne (Camille Billops, 1982, 26min, Criterion)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

DUE (to BB Assignment, Monday November 16): Preliminary Research Project Plan

Week 12 – Nov 24 – Queer, Independent Cinema & Public Television

Readings: B. Ruby Rich’s “New Queer Cinema,” + Bullert, Public Television: Politics and the Battle over Documentary Film Intro and Chapter 5 + Selected items from the Marlon Riggs Papers

Viewing: Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989, Vimeo Rental+ Now on Criterion)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

Week 13 – Dec 1 – Doing History on Film

Reading: Film and History: A Tale of Two Disciplines chapters 1, 4, and 5 (ebook available via GC Library Reserves through Advanced search)

Viewing: Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (Mark Rappaport, 1982, Vimeo Rental) + excerpts from Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen, 2004, MUBI)

Writing: Post your response to today’s readings and/or films in our Discussion Board (for 10 posts total)

DUE: Research Project Proposal Draft (via Google Docs Groups)

Week 14 – Dec 8 –  Project Proposal Presentations + Peer Review

Reading & Writing: Read the two draft essays written by your classes assigned to you + write feedback on them via the Google group. See this link for instructions.

Viewing: Harun Farocki Workers Leaving the Factory (1995 Vimeo link)

 Week 15 – Dec 15- Finals Week / No Class Meeting

DUE: Complete Research Project Proposal due to BB by the end of the day