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Tamara Cooper
C LIT 312
Seattle Campus

History of Film: 1960 - 1988

Covers the vast changes in filmmaking since 1960. Topics include the continuing influence of the French New Wave, the New German Cinema of the 70s and the "New Hollywood" of the 70s, American independent film of the 80s, and the resurgence of Chinese filmmaking since 1980.

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Films 1960s – 1980s

Film History III will run 4 days a week. Mondays will be screening days and the second film for the week will be streaming online. All films will be available in the Media Center. During the 1960s American film production transitioned from escapist musicals and westerns to more socially and politically concerned modes of representation. This course explores the connections and disparities between popular film movements around the world in relation to those of the US. What if anything might the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) “Consciousness Raising? films have to do with Cinema Verité, or the experimental cinemas of the 60s such as Third Cinema, French New Wave or Andy Warhol’s early work? We will examine the successes of New Hollywood in the 1970s from The Graduate, Carrie and Rosemary’s Baby to Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Apocalypse Now. Finally, the end of the 1970s into the 1980s brings us to new questions and tensions. Technical innovations in sound and cinematography influenced representational decisions of the 70s. Is this still the case in the 80s? We’ll look at representations of the late 70s in the form of Blaxploitation Cinema to lead into the 80s. What new questions are beginning to emerge? What influence has anti - discrimination movements had on marginalized cinemas from the UK, Africa and the US? We’ll look at works like Ordinary People, Flash Dance and Less than Zero as compared to the experimental documentary emerging out of Britain to conclude with very early 90s independent works including - She’s Gotta Have It and works from 1991 New Queer Cinema.

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Last Update by Tamara Cooper
Date: 04/15/2013