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Fall 2021

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CIN246 - American Cinema

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores Hollywood motion pictures as an art form, as an industry, and as a system of representation and communication. Examines how Hollywood films work technically, artistically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge American's national self-image. Defines elements of film language, such as shot, cinematography, film noir, mise en scene, and montage. Studies popular genres such as Westerns, comedy, and combat film. Students learn to become active and critical viewers. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Discuss how American films reflect or express American culture.
2. Discuss how American films affect American culture.
3. Identify the basic technical and critical vocabulary of film, including, but not limited to montage, blockbuster, and narrative structure.
4. Discuss at least eight historical events that shaped the path of the American film industry.
5. Explain the economic structure of the American film industry.
6. Identify at least ten key directors since the early 20th Century.


Effective Term: Fall 2019