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Fall 2012

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HUM246 - American Cinema
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores Hollywood motion pictures as an art form, as an industry, and as a system of representation and communication. Examines how Hollywood films work technically, artistically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge American's national self-image. Defines elements of film language, such as shot, cinematography, film noir, mise en scene, and montage. Studies popular genres such as Westerns, comedy, and combat film. Students learn to become active and critical viewers. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, as documented by performance on semester objective exams, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

1.Conventions that distinguish the major genres of American Cinema from one another, including but not limited to issues of plot, character development, dialogue, and cinematography.*
2.At least eight key events in American film history.
3.The basic technical and critical vocabulary of film, including but not limited to montage, blockbuster, and narrative structure.
4.How the technology of cinema relates to film art, especially to editing, lighting and cinematography.
5.The economic structure of the American film industry.
6.At least ten key directors since the beginning of American Cinema

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I.The Classical Hollywood Style
II.The Studio System
III.The Star System
IV.The Western
V.Romantic Comedy
VI.The Combat Film
VII.Film Noir
VIII.Film in the Television Age
IX.The Film School Generation
X.The Edge of Hollywood



Effective Term: Fall 2012