From Silent to Sound Cinema (ARHT2652)


Examining cinema as a manifestation of modernity, this unit of study contextualizes film as commodity, industry, institution and mass production of the senses. These concepts will be explored through a study of early American cinema and the Weimar cinema of Germany. The focus is on the aesthetics of the genres of Slapstick, Melodrama, and Horror/Fantasy, studied within an understanding of the historical and industrial context of each national cinema.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1500wd film analysis (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (70%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011)



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