This course traces the Silent Cinema from its birth in the 19th century to the introduction of sound in the late 1920's. Topics covered include early experiments in motion photography, the emergence of the nickelodeons, the first film studios on the East Coast, the "star system," the "Movie Palaces" of the twenties, the emergence of Hollywood, and the impact movies had on the collective beliefs of twentieth century Americans. The course will also investigate the growth of Film as a new form of Modern Art, and the use of motion pictures as a vehicle for propaganda. Films studied include The Birth of a Nation, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, Ben Hur, The Sheik, The Jazz Singer, and the first film to win an Oscar?Wings.
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