The Film Experience
by David Thorburn
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This introduction to narrative film emphasizes the evolution of the film medium and the intrinsic artistic qualities of individual films. The selected lectures in this video collection cover early cinema & silent films, the 1970s, and neorealism. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA More information at ocw.mit.edu/terms
|1||VideoLecture 1: Introduction||This lecture introduces 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.||10/10/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoLecture 2: Keaton||Through Buster Keaton, this lecture also introduces the paradox of a capitalist-technological alliance enabling a new narrative art, and filmmaking methods like shooting schedules and editing.||10/10/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoLecture 3: Chaplin||This lecture explores the emergence of Charlie Chaplin in the early years of Hollywood. Examples: Keystone Kops, The Tramp.||10/10/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoLecture 4: Chaplin, Part II||This lecture continues discussion of Charlie Chaplin, comparing his films to those of Buster Keaton. Examples: Keaton's Cops, Chaplin's The Gold Rush, City Lights, and particularly Modern Times.||12/5/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoLecture 15: Film in the 1970s, Part I||This lecture discusses dramatic changes in film of the late 60s and early 70s: the end of the studio era, social transformation, and television as the new consensus medium. Examples: Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces; Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye.||12/5/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoLecture 16: Film in the 1970s, Part II||This lecture continues the discussion of transformation and subversion in 1970s films, specifically as embodied in work of director Robert Altman. Examples: McCabe and Mrs. Miller; High Noon as a baseline Western reference.||12/5/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoLecture 19: Italian Neorealism, Part I||This session introduces some characteristics of neorealist cinema, especially the 'principle of multiplicity' in which aspects of the film serve multiple functions. Examples: Bicycle Thieves and Rome, Open City.||12/5/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoLecture 20: Italian neorealism||This lecture is a detailed examination of the structure, themes, characters and social context of Italian neorealism, primarily through the example of De Sica's Bicycle Thieves.||10/10/12||Free||View In iTunes|
where are the rest?
This is just wonderful. I really wish I could hear or see the lectures that seem to be missing! Anyways, five stars. Thanks MIT for making these lectures available to the public.
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