World Film History to 1945

Fall 2014

University of Pennsylvania


TR 9-10:20am, 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall

Fulfills Arts & Letters General Requirement

Prof. Peter Decherney – 211 Fisher-Bennett Hall

graders: Natalie Amleshi Claudia Consolati Orchid Tierney

ASSIGNMENTS: Film analysis (20 points), annotated bibliography (20 points, midterm (20 points), and final (20 points), 60 second review (20 points). Attendance is mandatory; more than two unexcused absences will result in the reduction of your course grade. Follow the assignments link above to see detailed assignments. Exam questions will be drawn from class reading, lectures, and screenings.

EXTRA CREDIT: For 2 points of extra credit (make your B+ an A- or A- an A), you may write a one-page conference report on one panel of the Penn Film and Media Pioneers symposium, taking place on October 25th.

INTERNET POLICY: Laptops, phones, tablets, and the internet may only be used in class for class-related activities (note taking, IMDB, etc.). Use of social media, texting, emailing, shopping, and playing games will be considered an absence from class that day. If you have an emergency and need to use your phone, please do it in the hallway.

REQUIRED TEXT (available at the Penn Book Center on 34th Street)

Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell, Film History: An Introduction, 3nd ed. (Boston: McGraw Hill, 2009) [FH on syllabus]. All other readings are can be downloaded form the course website.