The Hollywood Film Industry

fall 2015


Tue/Thur 3-4:20pm | 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall

Prof. Peter Decherney | 211 Fisher-Bennett Hall

Graders: Aaron Bartels-Swindells and Piotr Szpunar


Class attendance and participation (20 points), weekly film reviews (20 points), annotated bibliography (20), midterm (20), and final exam (20). More than two unexcused absences will result in a full grade reduction (i.e. from A- to B+); each additional absence will further reduce your grade. Click the tab at the top of this page for detailed assignments.


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, email, 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.


1) John Belton, American Cinema / American Culture, 4th ed.

2) Robert Sklar, Movie-Made America, rev. ed.

3) Peter Decherney, Hollywood’s Copyright Wars

Textbooks are available at the Penn Book Center at 34th and Sansom and as ebooks. Additional readings are available on the class website. All films are available at Van Pelt reserves. Many are also available through Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other services.