When people think about cinema, they generally think about films made by big Hollywood companies like Disney or Warner Bros. These mega-budget blockbusters are the images that come to mind when people think about cinema. But there is so much more to cinema than just the big budget films. In fact, many of the most memorable films of all time have been made by small, independent studios. Here’s a look at some of the lesser-known cinematic history.
English Film – The epic English film genre spans centuries of development. From early comedies, like “A clockwork orange”, to period pieces like “udos”, “titanic” and “the lady in the dunes”. Film history can be split into two main sub-genres: drama and comedy. In comedy, a story is told through the point of view of a single character, though with varying levels of dialogue. dramas involve larger casts and are much more complex with long and elaborate dialogues among the characters. Of course, there are also dramas that are more suspenseful and even emotional, such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Classic Cinema – Also known as a Hollywood film, this genre is perhaps the most well-known of all the cinema genres. Most people think of classic movies when they think of this genre, but the truth is that it actually started way back with the dawn of the motion picture era. Many early film plots showed single characters telling a story, with very simple, if not simplistic, artistic, formal elements.
Westerns – Probably the biggest influence on modern day films, Westerns are stories told about the Wild West. The genre may be loosely defined, as it covers a number of countries and periods in world cinema history. A classic Western may include gunfighters (or gunfighters) chasing robbers, treasure hunters, or cowboys protecting the railway. Some other popular styles include romances, soap opera, and the coming of the vampires. This course examines how changes in film mediums have affected this particular genre.
Post-War – This is a great time to study Hollywood, as it’s been portrayed much more maturely in post-war films. These films include social, political, and artistic commentary. There is also a greater emphasis on realistic story and less emphasis on stylized drama. A great deal of emphasis is placed on the voice of the film, as Hollywood has typically had a male speaking roles for decades. One of the most interesting courses examines the rise of the independent film producer, as well as the changes in storytelling style that helped pave the way for this new trend. This course will examine both classic and modern movies produced by independent studios.
Contemporary Film Theory – With advancements in film making technology, changes in the social structure of society, and changes in the mass media, movies have changed drastically in the last century. Film no longer solely concerns itself with the story and emotions of the film-the audience. In contemporary cinema, a new generation of movie goers appreciate movies that tell them something about their contemporary life or present some type of universal message. This class examines contemporary film theory, examining the influence of the mass media on the modern era. It may include movies about politics, social issues, or even movies that explore alternative forms of entertainment.