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COMM431. Film I: The Silent Era

This course surveys significant American and international films and filmmakers from 1895 to 1930. Course topics include: the origins motion pictures, the films of the Edison Company, D.W. Griffith, Charles Chaplin, German Expressionism, early French and Russian cinema and the arrival of sound. Methods for the analysis and criticism of film are also discussed. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every other fall semester.