21L.011 The Film Experience

21L.011 The Film Experience (Fall 2013, MIT OCW). Instructor: Prof. David Thorburn. This course concentrates on close analysis and criticism of a wide range of films, from the early silent period, classic Hollywood genres including musicals, thrillers and westerns, and European and Japanese art cinema. It explores the work of Griffith, Chaplin, Keaton, Capra, Hawks, Hitchcock, Altman, Renoir, DeSica, and Kurosawa. Through comparative reading of films from different eras and countries, students develop the skills to turn their in-depth analyses into interpretations and explore theoretical issues related to spectatorship. (from

Lecture 01 - Introduction (2007)

Introducing film as a cultural form, an institution and an art. Beginning as a novelty without conventions, film developed a unique language and grew into an embedded social norm. Examples: Fred Ott's Sneeze, Great Train Robbery.

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Lecture 01 - Introduction (2007)
Lecture 02 - Keaton (2007)
Lecture 03 - Chaplin, Part I (2007)
Lecture 04 - Chaplin, Part II (2007)
Lecture 05 - Film as Global and Cultural Form; Montage, Mise en Scene
Lecture 06 - German Film, Murnau
Lecture 07 - The Studio Era
Lecture 08 - The Work of Movies; Capra and Hawks
Lecture 09 - Alfred Hitchcock
Lecture 10 - Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window
Lecture 11 - The Musical
Lecture 12 - The Musical (Cont.)
Lecture 13 - The Western
Lecture 14 - The Western (Cont.)
Lecture 15 - Film in the 1970s, Part I (2007)
Lecture 16 - Film in the 1970s, Part II (2007)
Lecture 17 - Jean Renoir and Poetic Realism
Lecture 18 - Renoir's Grand Illusion (1937)
Lecture 19 - Italian Neorealism, Part I (2007)
Lecture 20 - Italian Neorealism, Part II (2007)
Lecture 21 - Truffaut, the Nouvelle Vague, The 400 Blows
Lecture 22 - Kurosawa and Rashomon
Lecture 23 - Summary Perspectives - Film as Art and Artifact