Checking date: 12/03/2024

Course: 2024/2025

American Cinema
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)

Coordinating teacher: RODRIGUEZ ORTEGA, VICENTE

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Knowledge of video and audio editing software is necessary
1. Get a panoramic knowledge of American cinema from the 1970s to the present. 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.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
New Hollywood Cinema Cult Films & Blaxploitation 1970s Politics & Film The Rise of Horror in the 1970s & 1980s The 1980s as seen in American Comedies 1980s Auteurs: From Brian de Palma to Michael Mann Independent Cinema in the 1990s: Key Movements & Directors History & the Nation: from Saving Private Ryan to Zero Dark Thirty Queer Identities & Empowered Minorities from the 1980s to the Present New Voices in Horror Corporate Hollywood: from the Studios to the Streamers
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

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
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 may change due academic events or other reasons.