5 Wonders of Classic Hollywood

Ref: C3747167

Exploring five films which fall under the banner of Classic Hollywood Cinema - the popular name given to a period in U.S film history when the studio system and big name stars were at their peak. A time when popular cinematic conventions were established. glamour, stars and entertainment were key and standards (mostly) accepted. All under the watchful eye of the Hays censorship code. We examine the motivations and governing factors behind some of these productions, taking time to consider the audience appeal and interpretation of these films then and now. Top Hat (1935), Stage Coach (1939), Gone With the Wind (1939), On the Waterfront (1954), Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Course aim

A friendly and accessible exploration of five U.S films of the 1930s to late 1950s, the peak of the period known as Classic Hollywood, increasing knowledge, understanding and appreciation this era and film in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • No previous knowledge required. Pre-Viewing may be useful: Top Hat (1935), Stage Coach (1939), Gone With the Wind (1939), On the Waterfront (1954), Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding for the films of the Classic Hollywood era.
  • Critically analyse, discuss and comment on films of the Classic Hollywood era.
  • Draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on the films of the Classic Hollywood era.
  • Confidently discuss the subject area and in particular any aspects of a Classic Hollywood film which one finds important
  • Discuss my motivation & enthusiasm for film and cinema in general and issues arising relating to the course theme.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pre-viewing of selected films may be useful but not essential. A note-book and pen may also be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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5 Wonders of Classic Hollywood

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