CINE 20B

Film History

Contemporary Film Expression


CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO

Cinema Department

Summer 2019

NOTE FOR SUMMER 2019: I will not add anyone to the class who is not on the official wait list. The class is full and I do not anticipate having any room. Placement on the wait list does not guarantee a spot in the class. Please continue to look for other open CCSF classes and assume that you will not get into the class if you are on the wait list. If any spots open up, I will only add students on the official wait list in order of placement on the first day of class (June 10). Please do not email me about adding the class. I will contact you via CCSF email if any spots open up. Thank you.

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:

The history of cinema as a unique expressive medium from the mid 20th century to the present. The course covers the post-WWII film renaissance, international movements, genres, developing technologies, the expansion of filmmaking to newly represented people and places, and cinema in the digital age.

Films:

All films for the class will be embedded in Canvas via streaming resources provided by the CCSF Library such as the UC Berkeley 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 weekly Module. You do not need to rent or purchase films for this class.

Required Text:

A Short History of the Movies (11th Edition) by Gerald Mast & Bruce Kawin (Use older editions of A Short History of the Movies at your own risk – all course material is from the 11th edition)

Student Learning Outcomes:

*Assess the history of motion pictures in their social and historic context from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

*Compare significant filmmakers and examine their contributions to world cinema.

*Appraise the evolution of film genres, aesthetics, and techniques.

*Analyze the film experience.

*Apply various critical approaches to the study of film.

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Hollywood in Transition: 1946-65

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 12 “Hollywood in Transition: 1946-65” (pp. 315-356)

SCREENING:

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

Module 3: Italian Neorealism

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 13 “Neorealism, New Wave, and What Followed” (pp. 357-364)

SCREENING:

Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)

Module 4: Italian Modernism

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 13 “Neorealism, New Wave, and What Followed” (pp. 364-376)

SCREENING:

L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

Module 5: French Postwar Classicism

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 13 “Neorealism, New Wave, and What Followed” (pp. 376-384)

SCREENING:

The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophuls, 1953)

Module 6: The French New Wave and Beyond

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 13 “Neorealism, New Wave, and What Followed” (pp. 384-406)

SCREENING:

Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962)

Module 7: National Cinemas Post 1945: Sweden, Denmark, England

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 14 “National Cinemas 1: 1945-” (pp. 413-436)

SCREENING:

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1958)

Module 8: National Cinemas Post 1945: Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 14 “National Cinemas 1: 1945-” (pp. 436-446)

SCREENING:

Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski, 1963)

Module 9: Midterm

Module 10: National Cinemas Post 1945: Japan, India, China

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 14 “National Cinemas 1: 1945-” (pp. 446-473)

SCREENING:

Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)

Module 11: 4th of July Holiday

Module 12: Hollywood Renaissance: 1964-1976

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 15 “Hollywood Renaissance: 1964-1976” (pp. 485-521)

SCREENING:

Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)

Module 13: National Cinemas Post 1968: Germany, Australia, Third Cinema

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 16 “National Cinemas 2: 1968-” (pp. 528-559)

SCREENING:

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)

Module 14: National Cinemas Post 1968: Russia, Iran, Spain

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 16 “National Cinemas 2: 1968-” (pp. 559-575)

SCREENING:

Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1998)

Module 15: The Return of the Myths: 1977-

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 17 “The Return of the Myths: 1977-” (pp. 585-625)

SCREENING:

To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett, 1990)

Module 16: Conglomerates and Video: 1975-

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 18 “Conglomerates and Video: 1975-” (pp. 631-653)

SCREENING:

Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli, 2007)

Module 17: Digital Cinema: 1999-

READING:

Mast and Kawin, Chapter 19 “Digital Cinema: 1999-” (pp. 655-682)

SCREENING:

Searching (Aneesh Chaganty, 2018)

Module 18: Final

Important Dates:

Day Class Begins: June 10

Last Day to Drop Class for 100% Refund: June 12

Last Day to Add: June 14

Last Day to Drop Without 'W': June 14

Last Day to Take Class P/NP: July 10

Last Day to Drop With 'W': July 10

Day Class Ends: July 21

Grades Available via WEB4: August 7

Assignments:

Our class starts at 8am on Monday, June 10. The course consists of eighteen Modules that each represent an entire week of class in a Fall/Spring semester. The class covers three Modules each week. Most Modules will require you to complete a discussion post, a response post, and a quiz. You will be able to read material, watch films, and complete assignments for each week beginning each Monday at 8am. For example, on June 10 you will have access to the weekly overviews (outlines, films, video tutorials), discussion assignments, and quizzes from Modules 1-3. All assignments for these first three Modules must be completed by 11:59pm on Sunday, June 16. On June 17 you will have access to Modules 4-6 at 8am and all assignments must be completed by June 23 at 11:59pm etc.

All quizzes are multiple choice and consist of 5 questions. You will have 5 minutes for each weekly quiz. Both the midterm and final consist of 25 fill-in-the-blank questions and film identification questions. 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 midterm covers Modules 1-8 and the final covers Modules 10-17.

The class requires a minimum of about 15-20 hours of work per week. You will fall behind if you do not plan ahead and complete the work each week. You will not be able to watch three feature films, complete 60-80 pages of reading (and take quizzes on the reading), and complete three discussion posts/responses if you wait until the weekend to complete the work each week.

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, June 16 at 11:59pm may be dropped from the class. I will maintain work completion records via Canvas. Students who do not log into the class for more than one week or do not complete more than two consecutive weeks of assignments may be dropped from the class at any point. Any student whose grade drops below 60% after the third week of class 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 at least eighty students in the summer session. 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) (30% of Final Grade - /45)

Quizzes (20% 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: Hollywood in Transition: 1946-65

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 3: Italian Neorealism

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 4: Italian Modernism

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 5: French Postwar Classicism

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 6: The French New Wave and Beyond

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 7: National Cinemas Post 1945: Sweden, Denmark, England

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 8: National Cinemas Post 1945: Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 9: Midterm (October 15)

100 pts.

Module 10: National Cinemas Post 1945: Japan, China, Tokyo

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 11: 4th of July Holiday

Module 12: Hollywood Renaissance: 1964-1976

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 13: National Cinemas Post 1968: Germany, Australia, Third Cinema

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 14: National Cinemas Post 1968: Russia, Iran, Spain

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 15: The Return of the Myths: 1977-

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 16: Conglomerates and Video: 1975-

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

Quiz – 5 pts.

Module 17: Digital Cinema: 1999-

Discussion Post – 2 pts.

Response Post – 1 pt.

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).