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Exploring American Cinema SP18

Exploring American Cinema SP18

Live Class
  • Includes certificate of completion
  • Class sessions recorded for later viewing
  • Class may be shared among family members

Let’s go to the Movies!  Come and join us as we explore classic American films and genres in this fun and intensive Semester Class.  From the Silent Era to Thrillers to Modern Day Musicals, you can learn about the famous Actors, Directors and lots of fun facts about all of the eras of Hollywood.  All movies or movie clips assigned are available online for free.  Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are required.

 Minimum 3 student enrollment for class to be offered.

Scope and Sequence:

Lesson 1- “The Silent Era” – Lecture - Early Comedies – Actors Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin – Fun Facts - Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 2 – “The Talkies” – Lecture – Transition from Silents to Talkies – Actress Carole Lombard – Fun Facts – Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 3 – “The Depression” – Lecture – Musicals – Choreographer Busby Berkley and Dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers -  Fun Facts - Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 4 – “The War Years” – Lecture – Realism in Pictures -Leading Men and Women of the Era - -  Fun Facts - Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 5 – “Film Noir” – Lecture – Emergence of Film Noir – Characteristics of Film Noir – Fun Facts – Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 6 – “The Thrillers” – Lecture – Early Thriller Movies – Directors Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles – Fun Facts – Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 7 – “The Fabulous Fifties” – Lecture -  Classic Hollywood – Leading Men and Women – Fun Facts – Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 8 – “The Epic Sixties” – Lecture – What makes a film an Epic – Leading Men and Ladies – Fun Facts – Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 9 – “The Westerns” – Lecture – Early Westerns to Present Day Westerns – Comparisons – Fun Facts – Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 10 – “The Modern Musicals” – Lecture – Musicals from the 1960s to Present Day – Fun Facts – Homework and Assigned Films

Lesson 11 - "Professions in Film"  Lecture - Fun Facts - Homework and Assigned Reading

Lesson 12 - "Review of Facts and Concepts Learned" - Movie Trivia Games - Final Student Presentations

About the teacher:

Kathy Roberson is an ISBE Licensed teacher with over 10 years of experience in teaching children of all ages in online settings.  She holds a B.A. in Art Education, Specialist Degree and is also ISBE Lincensed to teach grades Kindergarten - High School in any subject area.  She is pleased to offer this course to CurrClick Students!

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January 31, 2018
9:00 am Central Time
45 minutes
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This title was added to our catalog on November 01, 2017.