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- 06 Nov 2023
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Key learning criteria:
- Improve generic skills in critical analysis that are fundamental to continued work in film and media studies
- improve discipline-specific knowledge of Hollywood, which is likewise fundamental to continued work in film and media studies
- through completion of your assessment items, improve your written communication skills
- through analysis of films in their historical, industrial, and cultural contexts, improve discipline-specific skills that will help you succeed in future film and media degrees.
- by reading key works of scholarship, improve your knowledge of Hollywood history and your understanding of the discipline of film and media studies.
- Studio-era Hollywood and classic Hollywood film;
- Post-studio era Hollywood, post-classical, and contemporary Hollywood film
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- GRF-CMM28-Hollywood Cinema (No longer available)
You must complete Level 1 Communication studies before starting this subject.
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Access to videos or DVDs or movie downloads
This subject was previously known as Classic Hollywood Cinema.
Explore the history of Hollywood film-making from its earliest productions to the contemporary blockbuster. Beginning with a brief look at early cinema (the 1890s to the 1910s), we focus in the first half of the subject on the industrial and technological development of the Hollywood studio system and its production of the classic Hollywood film. During this period (1920s to the 1950s) we see Hollywood develop as a national cinema and the beginnings of its role in global film cultures.
In the second half of the subject, we investigate the industrial, technological and aesthetic transformations of what is sometimes described as 'post-classical' Hollywood (1960s to the present), concluding with a look at the globally-owned and distributed, multimedia industry that is contemporary Hollywood. The subject aims to develop skills in historical research and textual analysis, as well as a better and more critical understanding of Hollywood film, industries, and cultures.
- Essay 1 (40%)
- Essay 2 (60%)
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