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FILM 108 - The Golden Age of Hollywood

This course will explore the classic Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s.  This course will introduce the most popular narrative tendencies and film genres that were developed during the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, from the rise and fall of the major classical Hollywood studios, to the definition of the key characteristics of seamless storytelling and the basic mode of film production used during this period. Major films and significant directors from this period will be viewed and discussed.

Credits:         3
Instructor:     Eva Vinson

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Develop a general knowledge of the classic Hollywood film style of the 1930s and 1940s.
  2. Identify running themes from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
  3. Compare the various directorial styles used in the comedies of the 1930s and 1940s.
  4. Analyze the use of lighting and the seamless style of editing of this period.
  5. Distinguish different cinematic styles and genres based on the cultural models created throughout the post-war period of this era.
  6. Discuss the styles of the most important and influential Hollywood directors.
  7. Compare and contrast films and literary works from this area and place them in their cultural setting.

Major Topics

I) The Golden Age of Hollywood
II) The Studio Style
III) The Star System
IV) The Production Code
V) The Advent of Television

Textbook and Materials Required: No textbook

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Excel Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft Excel Flash
  • Google Chrome, Internet Exployer, or Netscape Java installed and enabled
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Quick Time
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

Course Requirements

Grading/exams: Grading procedures will be determined by the individual faculty member, but may include a researched essay, oral presentation, and regular exams.

Other Course Information

This course is an Arts, Humanities, and Arts and Sciences Elective.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Eva Vinson,

Last updated on 09-March-2012 © Howard Community College, 2007

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