• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Film Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Giacinto Moliterno
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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The course aims to provide a survey of American cinema in all its major aspects. It begins with an analysis of the rise of Hollywood as an industrial and cultural institution and the establishment, development and more recent transformations of its classical narrative and visual style. The second half of the course looks at more independent American filmmaking and its relations with the Hollywood "machine". The course then also briefly attempts to explore the relation between American and European cinema, looking at both differences and interaction between them.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Completing this course will provide students with the ability to:

  1. Distinguish the major features of Hollywood cinema;
  2. Appraise the differences between Hollywood cinema and independent American filmaking;
  3. Discuss the relation between American and European cinemas;
  4. Critically reflect on cinematic style.

Indicative Assessment

One 2,000 word essay (40%) (outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4)

One 750 word close analysis (15%) (outcomes 1, 4)

One 2-hour end-of-semester exam (45%) (outcomes 1, 3, 4).

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A 1-hour lecture, a 2-hour screening and a one 1-hour tutorial/seminar a per week. In addition, students will also be expected to spend 5 hours per week on reviewing films and doing reading of supporting material.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of 1000 level courses.

Prescribed Texts

Maltby, Richard, Hollywood Cinema, Blackwell, Oxford, 2003



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3197 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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