This course examines the early days of motion picture production, specifically focusing on silent film comedy from its origins in Mack Sennett’s Keystone Cops through the full flowering of the genre with the work of Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton. Readings will include selections from Kevin Brownlow’s The Parade’s Gone By, Frank Capra’s The Name Above The Title, and Jean Renoir’s My Life and My Films.
The Class: Format: wsp project
Requirements/Evaluation: requirements active participation in class discussion, regular brief, written responses to the films, and a 10-page paper focusing on a film of the student's choosing
Extra Info: meeting time afternoons. In addition to that, class will meet once a week in the evening for film screenings prior to class discussion
Extra Info 2: William Teitler is a producer of theatrical feature films and television whose credits include Jumanji, Empire Falls, Hurricane, and Tales From The Crypt
Prerequisites: prerequisites prior film study or comedy experience