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Silent Cinema (FI 203)


MODULE NAME: Silent Cinema


This fascinating module explores the silent period in Europe and America – a period in which some of the most important films, filmmakers and filmmaking trends emerged. In this module, we treat films of early cinema as complex, rather than ‘primitive’ texts.

You’ll get hands-on with trade periodicals and fan magazines from this period to bring these films to life and develop your skills in historical research.

You’ll investigate the social and cultural context into which cinema emerges and evolves, and become familiar with the international film industry of the 1920s, covering topics like its commercial structure, major directors, stars, landmark films and aesthetic developments. This will give you context for understanding the complexities of Hollywood’s journey to dominance and the rise of cinematic nationalism after the end of World War I. We’ll also explore how issues of class and gender come to the fore at particular moments of social upheaval and cultural crisis in this era.

Class Location and Time

Lecture: Mondays, 16:00-17:00, Room A1.25
Screening: Mondays, 17:00-19:00, Room A1.25
Seminars: Tuesdays, 14:00-15:00, 15:00-16:00, Room A1.25


60% - 2 x 3000 word essay

40% - 2 Hour Written Examination


Module Resources

Summer Reading


Dr Jon Burrows

Link to the tutor's web page