Media and film studies

American Cinema B

Module code: P3075D
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Film
Assessment modes: Not yet finalised

An awareness of how Hollywood cinema was shaped, how it acquired its position of dominance, and the forms and aesthetic conventions that characterise it, is essential to an understanding of cinema more generally.

In this module, you focus on the formation of Hollywood in the 1910s through to the post-World War Two era, with particular emphasis placed on the development of the 'studio system' and Hollywood's 'golden age' of the 1920s to 1950s.

You view a range of representative Hollywood films made during the period and analyse them in relation to the industry and its practices, as well as situate Hollywood cinema within the political and social life of the United States in the period.