Checking date: 01/02/2021

Course: 2020/2021

American Cinema
Study: Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (211)

Coordinating teacher: ARANZUBIA COB, ASIER

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication and Media Studies

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
1. Get a panoramic knowledge of postwar American cinema. Ability to identify the different historical periods, genres, movements, styles and principal authors of American cinema. 2. Get a good understanding of the traditions, issues and problems of American cinema. 3. Ability to analyze and interpret contemporary American cinema.
Description of contents: programme
- The American film industry. The crisis of the major studios. Film and modernity. The new cinema and art experiences. The reinvention of Hollywood in the seventies. American film and digital media culture in postmodernity. - Case study. PROGRAM Topic I. Basic features of American cinema Topic II. The American film industry as narrative Topic III. The postwar American cinema Topic IV. Between classicism and modernity Topic V. The sixties. Hegemony of european cinema Topic VI. Survival and decline of the classics. The so-called postmodern Hollywood Topic VII. Seminar / discussion on contemporary US filmmaker
Learning activities and methodology
1. Lectures Basic understanding on economic, technological, social and cultural context in which the American film production develops. Main movements, trends and authors. 2. Practical classes Case study. Interpretation and analysis of movement, style or relevant author. 3. Student work Supervised study of theoretical and practical training materials and conducting a trial on specific aspects of the program of the course content.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Bordwell, D.. The Way Hollywood Tells It. Story and Style in Modern Movies. University of California Press. 2006
  • Bordwell, D.; Staiger, J.; Thompson, K.. The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film, Style & Mode of Production to 1960. Columbia University Press. 1985
  • Hill, Derek. Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood's Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers: An Excursion Into the American New Wave. Oldcastle Books. 2008
  • Lewis, J. . American Film. A History. Norton. 2008
  • Salt, B.. Film Style and Technology. History and Analysis. Starword. 2009
Additional Bibliography
  • Acland Charles R. Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture. Duke UP. 2003
  • Diawara, Manthia. Black American Cinema. Routledge. 1993
  • Holmlund, Chris. American movies of the 1990s: Themes and Variations. Rutgers University Press.. 2008
  • Lash, S. y Lury, C. . Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things. Polity. 2007
  • Massood, Paula . Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film. Temple University Press. 2003
  • Polan, Dana. Pulp Fiction. BFI Classics. 2008
  • Telotte, J.P.. The Blair Witch Project project: Film and the Internet¿. Film Quarterly 54:3, págs, 32-39.. 2000
  • Tzioumakis, Yannis. . American Independent Film: an introduction. Rutgers University Press. 2006
  • Wasko, Janet. How Hollywood Works. Sage. 2003
  • Waxman, Sharon. Rebels of the Back Lot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System. William Morrow Productions. 2006

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.