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This complete set of lecture videos provides a close analysis and criticism of a wide range of films, from the early silent period, classic Hollywood genres including musicals, thrillers and westerns, and European and Japanese art cinema.

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The Film Experience (2013‪)‬ MIT

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This complete set of lecture videos provides a close analysis and criticism of a wide range of films, from the early silent period, classic Hollywood genres including musicals, thrillers and westerns, and European and Japanese art cinema.

License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
More information at http://ocw.mit.edu/terms
More courses at http://ocw.mit.edu

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    Lecture 1: Introduction (2007)

    Lecture 1: Introduction (2007)

    Introducing film as a cultural form, an institution and an art. Beginning as a novelty without conventions, film developed a unique language and grew into an embedded social norm. Examples: Fred Ott's Sneeze, Great Train Robbery.

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    Lecture 2: Keaton (2007)

    Lecture 2: Keaton (2007)

    Continues the discussion of the evolution of early film, centering on D.W. Griffith and Buster Keaton, whose 1927 masterpiece The General is seen as a culmination of the Silent Era.

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    Lecture 3: Chaplin, Part I (2007)

    Lecture 3: Chaplin, Part I (2007)

    Explore the emergence of Charlie Chaplin during the early years of Hollywood. Examples: Keystone Kops, The Tramp.

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    Lecture 4: Chaplin, Part II (2007)

    Lecture 4: Chaplin, Part II (2007)

    Continue discussion of Charlie Chaplin, comparing his films to those of Buster Keaton. Examples: Keaton's Cops, Chaplin's The Gold Rush, City Lights, and particularly Modern Times.

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    Lecture 5: Film as Global & Cultural Form; Montage, Mise en Scène

    Lecture 5: Film as Global & Cultural Form; Montage, Mise en Scène

    Film emerges as a global cultural form. Compare American vs. European cinemas, Hollywood vs. "high art", and montage vs. mise en scène styles. End with viewing and discussing the "Odessa Steps" montage in Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin.

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    Lecture 6: German Film, Murnau

    Lecture 6: German Film, Murnau

    Continue discussing film as a global cultural form through early German cinema. Establish key themes of German Expressionism, with paintings as a backdrop. View & discuss clips: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, Nosferatu. Preview The Last Laugh.

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