Manhattan School of Music

Film and the Power of Narrative, Parts 1 & 2

Humanities 1940, Section 10

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Taught by Tom Dale Keever

Background Handouts for Spring films:

        Casablanca        The Third Man        Rashomon

Class Syllabus

Syllabus as Word Doc

Core Attendance Policy

Spring 2017 Written Assignments

First Paper Assignment - Due 24 February

Second Essay Assignment

Final Essay Assignment

Style Sheet: Some advice on writing papers

Template for written assignments

Wikipedia links for Class Films

The Films:

Part 1: The Invention of Cinema Storytelling

            Fall 2015

City Lights  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
City Lights                                                     The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

   The Battleship Potemkin  The General
                        The Battleship Potemkin                                                The General

  Duck Soup  The 39 Steps   

                     Duck Soup                                              The 39 Steps

Stagecoack His Girl Frday  Sullivan's Travels
                       Stagecoach                                                       His Girl Friday                                              Sullivan's Travels

Grand Illusion  Citizen Kane     The Wizard of Oz
                       Grand Illusion                                             Citizen Kane                                                The Wizard of Oz 

Fall Films On Line:
The Great Train Robbery

City Lights

The General

The Battleship Potemkin

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Birth of a Nation

Other on line films:
Martin Scorcese Jefferson Lecture National Academy of the Arts 

Edison Documentary, "Very First Motion Picture"

Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (The Lumière Brothers, 1895)

The first film ever "Exiting the Factory" (1895)

Trip to the Moon, Melies

Trip to the Moon, 2

1910 A Trip To Mars - Thomas Edison

George Melies - "The Merry Frolics of Satan" (1906)

The Monster, 1903   Melies

       Frankenstein (1910)  Edison Studios

       The Student of Prague (1913)

       Nosferatu  (1922)  F.W. Murnau

      The Hands of Orlac (1924)  Robert Weine, Conrad Veidt

       Warning Shadows, Schatten--Eine nächtliche Halluzination (1923) Arthur Robison

       Secrets of a Soul, "Geheimnisse einer seele" (1926)  G. W. Pabst

       Eisenstein's 5 "methods" of montage


        Eisenstein, Methods of Montage

        Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

        The Wizard of Oz: A Political Parable


        Studio 360:  Dorothy, Baum, Kansas

Part 2: Movies Represent the Modern World

: 2016

The Third Mad  Rashomon 

On the
        Waterfront        Breathless

 Bonnie and Clyde
A Clockwork
        Orange   Network   

 Brazil        The Player

The Big Lebowski   Memento

Additional resources:

The Guardian critics' choices of "Top 10 Films" in various genres:

    Science Fiction

    All-Time Best

Manhattan School of Music Emergency Plan

MLA Rules for citing sources

Strunk and White: The Elements of Style: at Bartleby

Center for Nonviolent Communication