Screening Films at Home: Because this class is online only, you will watch all of our class films on your own before the class meeting when we discuss them. We may be able to screen clips from films and a few shorts together over zoom, especially early in the semester. The assigned films are all available through a few streaming services which you’ll see indicated in the schedule:
- MUBI: is a great streaming platform for independent cinema, and they offer free accounts for students when you sign up using your CUNY email address.
- Criterion Channel: is the streaming service associated with the Criterion Collection (DVD distributor of “classic” films), and the majority of our course films are available there (14 day trial + $10.99/month thereafter). We’ll start discussing films that are only found on the Criterion Channel on Oct. 20th, so if you’re not currently a member, you might consider waiting until then to begin your 2 week trial.
- Kanopy: The Criterion films are also available via Kanopy, a streaming platform linked to certain libraries (not the GC or any local NYC public libraries). If you happen to have access to it through another library, you may not need to subscribe to the Criterion channel.
- Others: A few films are available for free or for a rental fee via YouTube, Vimeo, or Amazon.
Required textbooks: We will read most of these three books, so I recommend you purchase your own copies or check them out via a library for the semester. The first one is available as a full text ebook via the GC library, but the other two are not.
- The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910, by Richard Abel – click link for access via the GC library
- Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema 1930-1934, by Thomas Doherty
- Making Waves: New Cinema of the 1960s, by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
Additional textbooks: We will read just one or two chapters from each of these books, which I have placed on reserve in the library. Those with links below are available electronically, and for the others I have the specific chapters available as pdfs.
- Looking Past the Screen: Case Studies in American Film History and Methods. Jon Lewis and Eric Smoodin, editors
- Feminist Reader in Early Cinema, Jennifer Bean editor
- Oscar Micheaux and his Circle, Pearl Bowser, editor – click link for full text access via the GC library
- Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist,by Jeff Smith – click link for full text access via the GC library
- Our Films, Their Films, by Satyajit Ray (pdf chapters linked in the schedule)
- Public Television: Politics and the Battle over Documentary Film by BJ Bullert (pdf chapters linked in the schedule)
- Film & History: A Tale of Two Disciplines, Eleftheria Thanouli
*Additional shorter readings not in these books are available here in our Commons page as PDFs linked in the semester calendar page.