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edX: Hollywood: History, Industry, Art

 with  Peter Decherney

In this course you will learn about Hollywood and how it came to be the global powerhouse of today.

We will discuss the complex Hollywood industry and how business and politics translate into the art of film, TV, and new media.

This course will chronicle Hollywood’s growth and global reach since the 1920s, looking at:

  • How Hollywood has responded to new
 technologies such as synchronized sound, color cinematography, TV, home video, computer graphics, and the internet
  • How the global spread of Hollywood since the 1920s changed 
the film industry
  • The relationship between Hollywood and independent 
film
  • Hollywood’s responses to crises in American 
politics (e.g., world wars, the cold war, the 1960s counterculture, 9/11)

We will look closely at representative studios
 (Paramount, Disney, Fox, and others) and representative filmmakers (Mary
 Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Frank Capra, George Lucas, Spike Lee, among many others).

Syllabus

Week 1

0. Intro
1. Before Hollywood
1.1 The Birth of the Film
1.2 Edison the Inventor
1.3 Who, What, Where, Why
1.4 The Trust and the Independents
1.5 Piracy, Copyright, and the Ben-Hur Case

2. The Studio System
2.1 The Birth of the Studio System
2.2 The Star System
2.3 The Genre System
2.4 Meet Me in St. Louis and the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
2.5 House Style: It All Comes Together

Week 2
3. Sound and the Production Code
3.1 The Challenges of New Technology
3.2 Sound, Style, and King Kong
3.3 King Kong
3.4 The New Deal
3.5 The Road to the Production Code
3.6 The Production Code in Action

4. Hollywood at War
4.1 FDR and Media
4.2 Hollywood Gets Political
4.3 Warners Bros. at War
4.4 Wartime Government Agencies

Week 3
5.0 The Blacklist and Cold War
5.1 HUAC in Hollywood
5.2 The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist
5.3 Cold War Genres

6.0 The New Hollywood
6.1 Television
6.2 Hollywood Auteurs and the Counterculture
6.3 Big Media

Week 4
7.0 Home Video and Indiewood
7.1 Development of Home Video
7.2 Mini-Majors
7.3 Indiewood

8.0 Digital Cinema and the Internet
8.1 Special Effects and Computer Generated Images
8.2 Hollywood’s Internet
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Film & Theatre
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $49 Certificate Available
Hours 3-4 hours a week
Calendar 4-8 weeks long

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The course was great. I learned a lot about film, it's history, the technology of movie development and influence of the film industry. While taking the course I also watched certain films that were featured with greater understanding of their importance.
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