American Cinema History – ‘Great Romances in Hollywood’ (C/S139)In this course, the history of the American Cinema will be discussed by following the evolution of the great romances in Hollywood. In it, students will study further examples of the theme of romance in Hollywood -- tragedy, comedy, musical, adventure, epic and intimate. The class will view and discuss such films as "Sleepless in Seattle," "Gone with the Wind," "The Princess Bride," "Ghost," "Love Story," "P.S. I Love You," "Sense and Sensibility," "Shakespeare in Love," and "In the Good Old Summertime." Discover why these movies have spoken to so many generations of lovers and artists, what makes the theme of love so compelling, and how is it handled differently according to genre and time period. Other topics discussed will be identifying the viewing population, black and white to color film, what makes a movie and Hollywood romance popular, the influence of the cinema on romance, politics, morals, music, religion, culture, finance, and fashion and where the movies seem to be going today with great romances in Hollywood. No textbook is required, but handouts and a bibliography denoting suggested readings will be provided. Senior tuition waiver applies to Maryland residents 60 or older. Attention previous students of American Cinema History: This is part II.
11/13-1/22/13, Tuesdays (9 Sessions)
(No Class 12/25/12 & 1/1/13)
Instructor: Ellen McDaniel Weissler
Course Cost: $62.00 (cost includes material fee)