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1 Proposal: number 61

61. MEDST 143: History of Cinema I (1880-1930)

Contact:Amy Herzog
Authors:Amy Herzog
Richard Maxwell
Abstract:This survey course examines the history of cinema from its origins in the late
19th century to the transition to sound film in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
We will study a range of films_both mainstream and experimental_from all over
the world, but we will focus in particular on U.S. films. Many of the key
elements of today’s films_composition, continuity editing, lighting, narrative
structure_were created over 100 years ago by the inventors and innovators of
early film. In fact, we cannot fully understand today’s film industry, how
today’s films look, or even how they make us feel, without turning to our
cinematic past for explanations. Readings and class discussions consider the
historical, political, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of these cinematic

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
MEDST 143 2008-08-31 AP Submitted Dept
MEDST 143 2010-02-03 AP Approved GEAC
MEDST 143 2010-04-08 AP Approved UCC
MEDST 143 2010-05-06 AP Approved Senate