Hollywood Cinema

FTV30005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn

Duration

  • One semester

Contact hours

  • 36

Prerequisites

50 credit points

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the distinctive film-making practices of the Hollywood Cinema. The unit will examine a number of representative texts from an aesthetic and historical perspective. Students will be encouraged to evaluate seminal texts drawn from the classical Hollywood cinema as well as texts produced independently outside the studio system. Narrative strategies, stylistic norms and audience expectations will be examined in detail. Students will acquire an insight into production techniques, distribution and marketing strategies and the development of dominant and marginal stylistic approaches.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Evaluate the functions of concepts such as text, context, subtext, narrative, medium and image in Hollywood cinema
2. Contrast narrative strategies and stylistic elements in a range of texts
3. Interrogate the production, distribution and reception processes that define Hollywood films
4. Distinguish different aesthetic approaches between Hollywood and independent American film genre
5. Appraise the historical development of dominant and marginal Hollywood cinema
6. Compose essays that develop clear arguments through research and analysis of selected texts and critical screening
This unit introduces students to the distinctive film-making practices of the Hollywood Cinema. The unit will examine a number of representative texts from an aesthetic and historical perspective. Students will be encouraged to evaluate seminal texts drawn from the classical Hollywood cinema as well as texts produced independently outside the studio system. Narrative strategies, stylistic norms and audience expectations will be examined in detail. Students will acquire an insight into production techniques, distribution and marketing strategies and the development of dominant and marginal stylistic approaches.
 
 
Students who successfully complete this Unit should be able to:
1. Evaluate the functions of concepts such as text, context, subtext, narrative, medium and image in Hollywood cinema
2. Contrast narrative strategies and stylistic elements in a range of texts
3. Interrogate the production, distribution and reception processes that define Hollywood films
4. Distinguish different aesthetic approaches between Hollywood and independent American film genre
5. Appraise the historical development of dominant and marginal Hollywood cinema
6. Compose essays that develop clear arguments through research and analysis of selected texts and critical screening