CINE 18

American Cinema

CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO

Cinema Department

Professor Sherman is Not Teaching CINE 18 in Fall 2019

All Material Below is from the Spring 2019 Version of the Course

Other Online Courses Taught By Professor Sherman

Instructor: Kevin Sherman

Time: Online Course/Canvas

Email: Canvas Inbox or ksherman@ccsf.edu

Canvas Support Hotline (844) 592-2198 available 24/7

Course Description:

An introductory course in film studies examining the history and development of Hollywood and the movie business and their sustained influence on American culture. The tools of cinematic grammar in creating a universal visual language are also explored.

Films:

All films for the class will be embedded in Canvas via streaming resources provided by the CCSF Library such as Films on Demand, Swank, InfoBase's Feature Films for Education Collection, and the BLC Library of Foreign Language Film Clips. Once you use your RAM ID to access Canvas you will be able to stream the films directly in each Module.

Required Text:

American Cinema/American Culture (5th Edition) by John Belton

All material for the class comes from the 5th edition. Use an older edition at your own risk.

Student Learning Outcomes:

*Define American cinema's history from the silent era to present day movies and identify its influence on changing cultural preferences.

*Compare and contrast how developing film technology influences aesthetics.

*Recognize how the tools of camera angles, lighting, editing, and sound create a universal cinematic grammar.

*Appraise and assess directing styles and popular genres employed by American filmmakers over the course of cinematic history.

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Early American Cinema

READING:

Belton, Chapter 1 “The Emergence of the Cinema as an Institution” (pp. 3-19)

RECOMMENDED READING:

Belton, Chapter 6 “Silent Film Melodrama” (pp. 115-130)

SCREENING:

Sunrise (F. W. Murnau, 1927)

Module 3: Hollywood Narration

READING:

Belton, Chapter 2 “Classical Hollywood Cinema: Narration” (pp. 20-40)

SCREENING:

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

Module 4: Hollywood Style

READING:

Belton, Chapter 3 "Classical Hollywood Cinema: Style" (pp. 41-59)

SCREENING:

Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)

Module 5: The Studio System

READING:

Belton, Chapter 4 “The Studio System” (pp. 60-79)

SCREENING:

All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)

Module 6: The Star System

READING:

Belton, Chapter 5 “The Star System” (pp. 80-112)

SCREENING:

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)

Module 7: The Musical

READING:

Belton, Chapter 7 “The Musical” (pp. 131-150)

SCREENING:

The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965)

Module 8: American Comedy

READING:

Belton, Chapter 8 “American Comedy” (pp. 151-181)

SCREENING:

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)

Module 9: Midterm

SCREENING:

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)

Module 10: The War/Combat Film

READING:

Belton, Chapter 9 “War and Cinema” (pp. 182-207)

SCREENING:

The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)

Module 11: Spring Recess

Module 12: Film Noir

READING:

Belton, Chapter 10 “Film Noir: Somewhere in the Night” (pp. 208-227)

SCREENING:

Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)

Module 13: The Western

READING:

Belton, Chapter 11 “The Making of the West” (pp. 228-255)

SCREENING:

The Revenant (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2015)

Module 14: Horror/Sci-Fi Films

READING:

Belton, Chapter 12 “Horror and Science Fiction” (pp. 256-280)

SCREENING:

Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)

Module 15: 1960s Counterculture

READING:

Belton, Chapter 15 “The 1960s: The Counterculture Strikes Back” (pp. 321-341)

SCREENING:

Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)

Module 16: The Film School Generation

READING:

Belton, Chapter 16 “The Film School Generation” (pp. 342-363)

SCREENING:

Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

Module 17: Into the 21st Century

READING:

Belton, Chapter 17 “Into the Twenty-First Century” (pp. 364-397)

SCREENING:

The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)

Module 18: Final

SCREENING:

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)

Important Dates:

Day Class Begins: January 28

Last Day to Drop Class for 100% Refund: February 7

Last Day to Add: February 20

Last Day to Drop Without 'W': March 6

Last Day to Take Class P/NP: March 6

Last Day to Drop With 'W': May 3

Day Class Ends: May 22

Grades Available via WEB4: June 5

Assignments:

Our class starts at 8am on Monday, January 28. The course consists of eighteen Modules. The class covers one or two Modules each week. You will be able to read material, watch films, and complete assignments for each week beginning each Monday at 8am. All assignments and quizzes for each week must be completed by 11:59pm on Sundays. Most weeks will require a discussion post, a response post, and a quiz.

All quizzes are multiple choice and consist of 5 questions. You will have 10 minutes for each weekly quiz. Both the midterm and final consist of 25 fill-in-the-blank questions and a short essay question. You will have 45 minutes to complete the midterm and 45 minutes to complete the final. A study guide will be distributed one week before the midterm and final. The study guides will contain the essay questions for the midterm and final so you can write your essays in advance and then paste them into the test's text box in Canvas during the test. The midterm covers Modules 1-8 and the final covers Modules 10-17.

The class requires a minimum of about 8 hours of work per week. You will fall behind if you do not plan ahead and complete the work throughout each week. You will not be able to watch 1-2 feature films, complete 40-50 pages of reading (and take a quiz on the reading), and complete a discussion post/response post each week if you wait until the weekend to complete the work.

Attendance:

Students must login and complete work on Canvas in order to stay in the class. Students who do not complete all work from the first week by Sunday, February 3 at 11:59pm may be dropped from the class. I will maintain work completion records via Canvas and will let you know if you are not completing assignments. If you miss an assignment you will receive a notification via Canvas. Students who do not log into the class for more than one week or do not complete more than 2 consecutive weeks of assignments may be dropped from the class at any point. Any student whose grade drops below 60% after Week 4 will be dropped. I will make my best effort to contact students at least once before dropping them from the course, but keep in mind I typically have 200-250 students per semester. I will contact students via Canvas Inbox. Please make sure that you check your Canvas Inbox or link Canvas messaging to your CCSF email or preferred email address.

Grading:

Weekly Discussion Post & Response Post(s) (40% of Final Grade - /45)

Quizzes (10% of Final Grade - /70)

Midterm (20% of Final Grade - /100)

Final (30% of Final Grade - /100)

Module 1: Introduction

Discussion Post – 3 pts.

Module 2: Early American Cinema

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 3: Hollywood Narration

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 4: Hollywood Style

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 5: The Studio System

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 6: The Star System

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 7: The Musical

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 8: American Comedy

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 9: Midterm

100 pts.

Module 10: The War/Combat Film

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 11: Spring Recess

Module 12: Film Noir

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 13: The Western

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 14: Horror/Sci-Fi Films

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 15: 1960s Counterculture

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 16: The Film School Generation

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 17: Into the 21st Century

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pts.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 18: Final

100 pts.

Late assignments cannot be accepted except in severe circumstances. You will not receive any points for late work. Also, please keep an eye on the “Announcements” link on the left side of the course homepage. Recent Announcements will also appear on the course home page.

Final Grades

100-90 = A

89-80 = B

79-70 = C

69-60 = D

< 59 = F

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in CCSF classes are required to abide by the CCSF Student Code of Conduct

Violation of the code is basis for referral to the Student Conduct Coordinator or dismissal from the course or CCSF. You are expected to do your own work, and have your own unique answers to questions. Anyone found cheating or plagiarizing the work of others will receive a zero on the assignment and face disciplinary action at the college. PLAGIARISM = copying/citing the words, images, videos, or ideas of others without giving them credit.

DSPS Accommodations

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should request them from the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) located in the Rosenberg Library, Room 323 on the Ocean Campus. Telephone: 415-452-5481 (V) 415-452-5451 (TDD).