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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21L.011 (Fall 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • The Film Experience 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Literature 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. David Thorburn 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21L.011 The Film Experience

    Fall 2007

    Course Highlights

    21L.011 The Film Experience

    Fall 2007

    Still shot of Fred Ott sneezing.
    Fred Ott in mid-sneeze. This still comes from the 1894 motion picture Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze: the first copyrighted film in history and the primitive origin from which all of modern film began. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to narrative film, emphasizing the unique properties of the movie house and the motion picture camera, the historical evolution of the film medium, and the intrinsic artistic qualities of individual films. The primary focus is on American cinema, but secondary attention is paid to works drawn from other great national traditions, such as France, Italy, and Japan. The syllabus includes such directors as Griffith, Keaton, Chaplin, Renoir, Ford, Hitchcock, Altman, De Sica, and Fellini.

    Special Features

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mp4, .rm.


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