American Film: An Introduction to Film Studies (EL 250)

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Review Slides for the Midterm (2012)

(This site is a work in progress.  Let me know if my links are broken, or if you have any suggestions for additions.)

Find Films to Watch: Critics, Lists, Clips

On Storyboarding

Some Historical Optical Gadget Links

German Expressionism (Complete Films)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
The Golem (Paul Wegener/Carl Boese, 1920)
Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922)
Bonus: Shadow of the Vampire Trailer
M (Fritz Lang, 1931)

French Avant-Garde (Complete Films)
Entr'acte (René Clair, 1924)
Ballet Mécanique (Fernand Léger, 1924, No Sound)
Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunel, Salvador Dalí, 1929)

Soviet Montage (1924-30)

On Editing, Cinematography, and Mise en Scene

On Film Acting and Film Actors

On Film Sound
"Foley Artist" (Human Giant) (Parody Violence Warning...)
The Wilhelm Scream (Compiled Instances Here, History Here)
Castle Thunder
"Film Sound Cliches"

On Film Narrative

Short Films, Etc.
Bravia + Bouncy Balls (w/Different Music) (Making of...)
The Guild (Felicia Day)
"Clearification" (Demetri Martin)
"Makeover" (Heath Benfield)
"Dinner for Two" (Heath Benfield) (Part Two Here)
"Splitting Hairs" (Michael Boretz)
"Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man" (Brandon McCormick)
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Joss Whedon)
Avant-Garde Film and Video from

On Guerilla Filmmaking

Telling Parodies

Email Dr. Johnson

Links Under Consideration for Future Versions of the Course...

"In Defense of Slow and Boring" (MD at NYT)