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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Fall 2003


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
26415 T
7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Course Description

This seminar focus on the changes in American filmmaking against the background of the upheavals in American culture, politics, and society from the 1930s to the 1980s. Specifically, the course will concentrate on how films during these decades illuminated the issues of political and journalistic power, McCarthyism, crime and corruption, the Cold War, and the war in Vietnam.

Fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American History.

Grading Policy

The seminar will be structured around the viewing and discussion of five representative films, buttressed by books and reviews analyzing both the movies and the society they portrayed. A 15 to 20-page interpretative essay, on a topic to be agreed upon between the student and the instructor, will be due at the end of the semester. The student’s grade will be determined by the paper as well as by his or her contributions to class discussions.


The movies to be shown and discussed include Orson Welles's Citizen Kane Eliz Kazan's On the Waterfront Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter.


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