FF:FAVz040 Contemporary American Cinema - Course Information
FAVz040 Contemporary American Cinema: History, Industry, MoviesFaculty of Arts
- Extent and Intensity
- 2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
- Richard Nowell (lecturer), doc. Mgr. Petr Szczepanik, Ph.D. (deputy)
- Guaranteed by
- prof. PhDr. Jiří Voráč, Ph.D.
Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
- each even Thursday 15:50–19:05 C34
- Course Enrolment Limitations
- The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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- Course objectives
- Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives
Contemporary American Cinema aims to facilitate students’ deeper understanding of: the dynamic and complex relationships that have existed, and which continue to exist, between Hollywood and the American independent sector; the intersecting social, cultural, political, economic, and industrial contexts in which the Contemporary American film industry has conducted business vis-a-vis economic strategy, production, film content, distribution, marketing, merchandising, and exhibition/delivery. Contemporary American Cinema also aims to familiarize students with the critical tools, research methods, and key filmic and extra-filmic objects needed to conduct sound industrial analysis.
By the end of the course, students will be expected to posses: the critical abilities to produce insightful analysis of film texts; the skills necessary to conduct sound film industrial analysis; the demonstrable capacity to synthesize original ideas in a lucid and coherent manner, both verbally and in writing; a solid understanding of the complex social, historical, political, and industrial relationships that have existed between Hollywood and the American independent sector; a solid understanding of key debates circulating the American film industry’s domestic activities; a solid understanding of Hollywood’s status as a social, cultural, economic, and aesthetic institution; and a solid understanding of the complex ways in which American film companies have sought to generate revenue from their products and services.
- Course Description and Purpose
- This module offers students insight into the ways in which the American film industry has functioned as an economic and aesthetic institution in the contemporary period – accepted by most film historians to have begun in 1967. Focusing on both the dominant major Hollywood studios and diverse companies that have made up the American independent sector across the last forty years, the module asks students to consider how the structure of the industry, along with different forms of commercial logic and strategy, have shaped the conduct and output of the most powerful film industry on the planet.
- Accordingly, we will examine how US-based film companies have produced, promoted, and disseminated their products in response to changing social and historical circumstances and in response to changing market conditions. The module therefore encourages students to analyse a wide variety of film texts – from exploitation and art cinema to blockbusters and teen films – within the production, marketing and merchandising, publicity, distribution, and exhibition contexts that they have operated. In the process, we will be assessing issues such as the impact on the American movie business, its product, profile, and practices of conglomeration, globalization, and the rise of powerful independent companies.
- Teaching methods
- Duration/Frequency: 6 x 180 minute sessions comprising film screening and seminar
Texts and Resources:
Students are expected actively to contribute to seminar discussions, which will center on the mandatory film screenings, the mandatory readings, and critical analyses thereof. Accordingly, students are required to study all of the relevant set readings before each class. Well before the first day of the semester, all of the readings will be available to download in PDF form. Students are advised to bring to class hard copies of the relevant readings as use of electronic devices will not be permitted during seminars.
- Assessment methods
Value: 50% of Final Grade
Each student is to submit a 2,000 word essay in based on a topic introduced in sessions 1–3. A choice of three questions will be revealed in good time.
Value: 50% of Final Grade
Each student is to submit a 2,000 word essay in based on a topic introduced in sessions 4–6. A choice of three questions will be revealed in good time.
All Essays are to be submitted in PDF or word format to firstname.lastname@example.org
Penalties for Late Submission of Work
On the day following the due date – 5 marks out of 100 deducted On the 2nd day following the due to date – 10 marks out of 100 deducted On the 3rd day following the due date – 15 marks out of 100 deducted On the 4th day following the due date – 20 marks out of 100 deducted After the 4th day following the due date – all marks deducted
All students are invited to arrange one-on-one tutorials to discuss assignments and/or any issues arising from the course. Meetings can be arranged by email and can take place at a location and time of mutual convenience.
Each student will be emailed individually with detailed personal feedback on his or her mid-term paper and final paper. This feedback is designed to be constructive so will spotlight strengths and any possible shortcomings.
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