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FILM2000: From Silent to Sound Cinema

Examining cinema as a manifestation of modernity, this unit of study contextualizes early film as art, commodity, industry, institution and mass production of the senses. It introduces students to the study of the history and aesthetics of silent cinema, including major genres such as melodrama and slapstick, and the impacts of the transition to sound.

Code FILM2000
Academic unit Film Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Film Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Visual Arts
ARHT2052 or ARHT2652

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. By the end of this unit of study, students should be able to: identify and analyse the formal, aesthetic and narrative elements of early films and their difference from later cinematic modes and genres;
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural and economic contexts in which cinema develops across the twentieth century;
  • LO3. articulate the different meanings and critical implications of the key terms around which the unit is organised;
  • LO4. draw on the concepts and issues explored in the unit, as well as further independent research, to construct arguments and perspectives on the history of cinema via specific case studie