History of World Cinema (FLMST 250)
Instructor: Robin Blaetz
History of World Cinema offers a historical survey of the cinema as a developing art form and a means of communication through about 1960. We consider the industrial, social, aesthetic, and technological aspects of an international medium that has existed for over a century.
The national and thematic focus of the course shifts through the semester, with the films of the US and Western Europe dominating the course given its time period.
For example, we focus on US film in studying the earliest developments in film technology and narrative, while turning to German, French, and Soviet film to understand the formal and social experimentation of modernism in the 1920s.