History of Film

Introduction to history of film, like any other historical survey, must start with the dawn of this particular form of art, the most dependent on science and technology. The course will analyze the first attempts to find expressive ways with the aid of the new technology in European and American silent movies. We will also study the development of the film industry and analyze examples of popular genres during Hollywood’s Golden Age. In the second part of the course, student will gain knowledge of the most important stylistic trends in European Cinema after World War II and the avant-garde movements during the seventies.

The course will end with the American generation of college-trained film-makers, such as Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg or Francis Ford Coppola.