Another interesting approach might be to look at possible reasons why
American Film developed as it did and use a classic like Benjamin
Hampton's History of the American Film Industry which is sort of like
Christopher Wren: if you would see his monument, look around you.
On Mon, 8 Oct 2001 14:56:22 -0700 William Lingle <[log in to unmask]>
> An interesting place to begin is the chapter "American Motion Pictures and
> the New Popular Culture, 1893-1918" in Dan Czitrom's Media and the American
> Mind. I use this in three courses with good results.
> William Lingle
> --On Mon, Oct 8, 2001 1:26 PM -0400 Ellene Phufas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > I will be teaching a course called American Film after having taught
> > Intro to Cinema for several years. Can anyone recommend a strategy for
> > such a course? I have always focused on the technical and directorial
> > contributions of films but I would like to try a different focus, the
> > relationship between US cultural history and films perhaps?
> > Any suggestions would be most welcome including a recommendation for a
> > text and films.
> > Eleni Phufas
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