In this course you will learn about Hollywood and how it came to be the global powerhouse of today.
We will discuss the complex Hollywood industry and how business and politics translate into the art of film, TV, and new media.
This course will chronicle Hollywood’s growth and global reach since the 1920s, looking at:
How Hollywood has responded to new technologies such as synchronized sound, color cinematography, TV, home video, computer graphics, and the internet
How the global spread of Hollywood since the 1920s changed the film industry
The relationship between Hollywood and independent film
Hollywood’s responses to crises in American politics (e.g., world wars, the cold war, the 1960s counterculture, 9/11)
We will look closely at representative studios (Paramount, Disney, Fox, and others) and representative filmmakers (Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Frank Capra, George Lucas, Spike Lee, among many others).
1. Before Hollywood
1.1 The Birth of the Film
1.2 Edison the Inventor
1.3 Who, What, Where, Why
1.4 The Trust and the Independents
1.5 Piracy, Copyright, and the Ben-Hur Case
2. The Studio System
2.1 The Birth of the Studio System
2.2 The Star System
2.3 The Genre System
2.4 Meet Me in St. Louis and the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
2.5 House Style: It All Comes Together
3. Sound and the Production Code
3.1 The Challenges of New Technology
3.2 Sound, Style, and King Kong
3.3 King Kong
3.4 The New Deal
3.5 The Road to the Production Code
3.6 The Production Code in Action
4. Hollywood at War
4.1 FDR and Media
4.2 Hollywood Gets Political
4.3 Warners Bros. at War
4.4 Wartime Government Agencies
5.0 The Blacklist and Cold War
5.1 HUAC in Hollywood
5.2 The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist
5.3 Cold War Genres
6.0 The New Hollywood
6.2 Hollywood Auteurs and the Counterculture
6.3 Big Media
7.0 Home Video and Indiewood
7.1 Development of Home Video
8.0 Digital Cinema and the Internet
8.1 Special Effects and Computer Generated Images
8.2 Hollywood’s Internet
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The one star review below was written by a user that did not click "Next." What must be paid for is the certificate, tests, and additional resources. All the video lectures however are FREE. The curriculum was surprisingly entertaining for someone who has 0 knowledge regarding the history of the movie industry. I feel more cultured just from watching a few of the lectures, and already find myself sharing what I've learned.
Lyka Pacleb completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
"Hollywood: History, Industry, Art" is a wonderful lecture-centered MOOC for understanding the very basics of the industry, and it features a lot of interesting historical information that has been buried by the industry's progress, and solidified reputation,...
"Hollywood: History, Industry, Art" is a wonderful lecture-centered MOOC for understanding the very basics of the industry, and it features a lot of interesting historical information that has been buried by the industry's progress, and solidified reputation, over time.
What I liked best about this course is its approach, as Professor Decherney succeeds in making the concepts understandable in 'layman's words'. I also enjoyed how he was able to pull up some clips to demonstrate key points; actually, seeing those Old Hollywood clips kind of piqued my interest to watching more films from that era.
Although I found it wonderful that the course isn't as intimidating as I thought it would be, I still kind of expected it to be "more". Perhaps it's because of the lack of access to any of the assessments. While I was taking this course, I was also enrolled to another MOOC on the same platform, which somehow had opened some assessments (not all of them, unfortunately) for audit students. For this MOOC, though, they didn't make any of the assessments available. As a result, I had a hard time retaining the information I gained from the lectures, but it didn't totally turn me off.
Overall, this MOOC presents a great, considerable amount of information I've never known about Hollywood, and, as I am taking up an undergrad degree aligned with the industry, I enjoyed how this course adds up perfectly to what I've learned thus far about films and the communication field in general, too.
Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 9 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A very interesting introduction to Hollywood, particular through to the 1960's. I took around 35 hours to complete the course, but, as it is self paced, that can be spread across whatever period suits. That also included listening to a number of interviews that are additional to the course rather than integral to it.
I have yet to watch many of the referenced films, but, in many cases, will have a greater appreciation of what I'm seeing as a result of the course.
Wonderful course! I studied film at university and I am working in the industry, but I still learned so much. It's a great look through the history of Hollywood through to today, with lots of food for thought! I particularly enjoyed the interviews at the end. Definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning more about Hollywood and the industry!
Karoline V completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I learned a lot from the course. In the free version you cannot take the quizzes but if you take the discussion forum questions seriously you can get a lot out of the course. It really depends on how much you want to put into it. The questions really enable you to think about what you learned in the lectures.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. I gained a more in-depth understanding about the history of Hollywood down to today's technological influences. I really enjoyed the interviews at the end, which offered a lot of insight into different areas of the business.
Anonymous completed this course.
Fabulous course. Extremely comprehensive and a wonderful walk through film history. Just wish the videos had been longer because they were so interesting. I’ve taken a lot of film courses but still learned so much!
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was great. I learned a lot about film, it's history, the technology of movie development and influence of the film industry. While taking the course I also watched certain films that were featured with greater understanding of their importance.