To get us started this semester I am going to spend the first two classes giving you background lectures about some basic cinematic concepts. Once you are a little more familiar with basic film terminology, we will be ready to look at the history of movies in the United States. You'll be expected to attend showing of films on Tuesday evenings at 7 o'clock in Jennings Auditorium. That's our lab. Then during our Wednesday seminar, we'll discuss in depth the movie we saw the night before. We are not covering silent films in this course.
We will begin with the first talking motion picture, The Jazz Singer, released in 1927. The next week, we'll be looking at The Gold Diggers of 1933, a piece that is very representative of the escapist trend in films released during the depression. Some of the films we will be watching will probably be new to you, like Frank Capra's Why We Fight. Others you might have already seen on TV like Rebel without A Cause starring James Deane, or Stanley Cooper's Doctor's Strange Love. However, I hope you see even familiar film with new eye. In the last three weeks of the course, we will be watching films from the 1980s and you'll choose one of them as a subject for an extensive written critique. We'll talk more about the requirements of the critique later in this semester.
为了让我们在这学期开始，我将会用前两节课来给你们讲一些基本的电影概念的背景知识。一旦你熟悉了基本的电影术语，我们就会准备好去看美国电影的历史了。你将会在周二晚上7点在詹宁斯礼堂观看电影。那是我们的实验室，在周三的研讨会上，我们会深入讨论我们昨晚看的电影。在这门课上我们不涉及无声电影。我们将从1927年发行的第一部有声电影《爵士歌手》开始。下个星期，我们将会看到1933年的淘金者，这是在大萧条时期上映的电影中，一种逃避现实的趋势的代表。我们将要观看的一些电影可能对你来说是全新的，就像弗兰克·卡普拉(Frank Capra)的《我们为什么打仗》(Why we Fight)。还有一些你可能已经在电视上看到过的，比如詹姆斯·迪恩(James Deane)、斯坦利·库珀(Stanley Cooper)的《神秘的爱情》(Doctor 's Strange Love)。不过，我希望你能以全新的眼光看待熟悉的电影。在这门课的最后三周，我们将会观看80年代的电影，你会选择其中一种作为一种广泛的书面评论的主题。我们将在本学期晚些时候讨论更多关于评论的要求。