Hooray for Hollywood! - Classic Hollywood Cinema

Ref: C2225682

How did a suburb consisting of orange groves become the centre of the world’s film industry? Even today, our notion of cinema is still influenced by the films produced in Hollywood between 1920 and 1960. This course will explore the history of this period, looking at the rise and fall of the studios and how they both reflected and shaped the American dream. It will look at how the studio system created some of the greatest films ever made, along with featuring “more stars then there are in heaven!” Furthermore, it will explore how Hollywood won World War II only to then find itself under attack from the American government. Finally, it will also look at the darker side of Hollywood glamour: the scandals and its saucy secrets!

Course aim

The main aim of this course is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of American cinema between 1920 and 1960, enabling the student to watch films from this period with greater knowledge and insight.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the development of Hollywood between 1920 and 1960.
  • Identify the main differences between the film studios.
  • Recognise and state the key films and stars of the period.
  • Identify and describe the political subtext - if any - of films made during this period.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre work is required but watching Hollywood movies from the period would help to give you some context to the course. Information on relevant films and books will be given out during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Join a film discussion group.

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Hooray for Hollywood! - Classic Hollywood Cinema


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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