G-LSUD4 ThApTIS 468 Special Topics in Cultural Studies: Hollywood Renaissance

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This course is set to examine a radical change that occurred in the history of American cinema in the brief period between the mid-sixties and early-seventies, generally known as Hollywood Renaissance. The entire motion picture industry went through a radical transformation and re-organization due to a deep-seated crisis that had its roots back in World War II. The scope of this course is to trace the political, economic, social, technological and cultural changes in society and culture in order to assess their impact on the Hollywood industry’s transition from the classical to the post-classical era. The rebirth that the American Cinema experienced in this brief historical period can be seen as a yardstick for measuring Old and New Hollywood practices and cultural values. By the end of the course students should be able to: Demonstrate knowledge of central features, aspects and trends of American cinema post- 1948 (factors that have affected the transition from Old to New Hollywood: The Paramount Decree, HUAC, TV, The Hays Office, Politics and Social Movements, Box-Office Decline) Identify industrial changes in post-1948 American cinema (Dissolution of homogenized audience, Restructure of the Studios, Problem and Cult Movies, Roadshows, Multinational Take-overs, Independents) Analyse form and themes of particular films in relation to a variety of industrial, social and cultural contexts. (A truly American, Independent, Arty Cinema). (Note: 4 hours per week of instruction) A course textbook is available and other material found at e-class.auth.gr. There is a course outline and an extensive list of more than 10 key- book titles provided. Assessment: A 2o hour final exam or take-home (upon special agreement with the instructor).


Teaching hours: 4 | Credits: 3 | ECTS: 6

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