The Film Industry††††††††††††††††††††††† Dr. Steve Lipkin

COM 342††††††††††††††††††††††† 217 Sprau Tower

Spring 2003††††††††††††††††††††††† 387-3153

lipkin@wmich.edu††††††††††††††††††††††† MW†† 9-9:45; 4-4:30

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~lipkin††††††††††††††††

 

 

The Film Industry will study the development of the Hollywood film business.We will study the film as a product of an industrial system.The course will focus on the social and economic contexts for film production in each decade; the development of the "classic" Hollywood film; important genres in the scope of American film history; American film in relation to developments in other national cinemas; and the current state of the film industry.

 

Course Objectives

 

1.†††††††† To study the historical development of the film industry.

 

2.†††††††† To understand the components of the film industry and their structural interrelationships.

 

3.†††††††† To understand how, as products, films are a response to the industrial, economic, and political contexts in which they are made.

 

4.†††††††† To study the classic Hollywood film and its constituent genres.

 

5.†††††††† To understand how the American film industry relates to the development of world cinema as a whole.

 

Texts

 

Required:†††††††††

Sklar, Robert.Movie-Made America (Revised ed).Vintage (Random House).1994.

 

Obst, Linda.Hello, He Lied.

 

Rodriguez, Robert.Rebel Without a Crew.

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On reserve:††† Stephen Bach, Final Cut

Online (check each day):Variety; Hollywood Reporter; (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com) and/or Variety (http://www.variety.com/)†

 

Course Requirements

 

Three midterms and the final exam will cover assigned reading and lectures.The midterm exams will be scheduled for 1/29, 2/24, and 3/26.

 

Quizzes during the semester could cover any and all class activities.Exams will be worth 50 points each; quizzes will be worth 10 points.The final exam (100 points) will be Thursday. 4/242:45-4:45 pm.

 

Attendance

 

Since much of the work of this class is impossible to make up (e.g., film screenings, discussions) your attendance is extremely important.After one (1) unexcused absence, your final grade will be lowered ten (10) points for each subsequent unexcused absence.

 

There will be a sign-in sheet on the stage in the front of the room--make sure you initial it when you come in.

 

Grading:Quiz and Exam Policy

 

1.†††††††† The grading scale for this course (both for individual assignments and for your final grades) is based on the following percentages:

 

†††††††††††† 94-100†††††††† A†† 70-75††††††† C

†††††††††††† 88-93†††††† BA†† 64-69†††† DC

†††††††††††† 82-87†††††††† B†† 58-63††††††† D

†††††††††††† 76-81†††† CB

 

2.†††††††† I will drop your lowest quiz grade in computing final grades for the course.

 

3.††††††††††† Unannounced quizzes may not be made up.

 

4.†††††††† Due to the nature of exams in this course (often they involve films and slides) announced quizzes, mid-terms, and final exams must be taken on the day they are assigned.I will only allow make-up exams in the most extreme cases, such as severe illness or a death in the family.

 

5.†††††††† #4 also applies for "Incomplete" course grades.

 

 

 

Screenings (Tentative)*:

 

 

1/13†††††††††††††††† Great Train Robbery; Trip to the Moon; 1896 Lumiere program; Edison Albums 1 & 2;The Immigrant

 

1/15†††††††††††††††† The General

 

1/22†††††††††††††††† The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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1/27†††††††††††††††† Sunrise

 

1/29†††††††††††††††† Midterm 1

 

2/10;

2/12†††††††††††††††† Footlight Parade

 

2/10;

2/12†††††††††††††††† Swingtime

 

2/13;

2/19†††††††††††††††† Meet Me in St. Louis

 

 

 

2/24†††††††††††††††† Midterm 2

 

2/26†††††††††††††††† Rome, Open City

 

3/10;

3/12†††††††††††††††† Stagecoach

 

3/17;

3/19†††††††††††††††† High Noon

 

3/24†††††††††††††††† Heavenís Gate (portions)

 

 

3/26†††††††††††††††† Midterm 3

 

3/31;

4/2†††††† ††††††††††† Lone Star

 

4/7;

4/9†††††††††††††††††† Rosewood

 

4/14;

4/16†††††††††††††††† El Mariachi

 

 

*Dates and titles subject to change.