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Monday Afternoon Film Class: The Whole History of Hollywood — stars, scandals, studios and style. Tutor: John Wischmeyer

Monday 13 May 2019, 12:00 pm2:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Tuesday 30 July 2019

What is the course about?

Overview of the whole Hollywood story:

Origin of the studios and why they located to Los Angeles and Hollywood

Beginnings of the star system.

The place/style of the director in the studio system.

The scandals, the illusion and the reality.

Is Hollywood cinema a genre cinema?

As long as there’s been a “Hollywood” – a part of Los Angeles synonymous with the studio system that perseveres in one form or another to this day – there have been filmmakers who wanted to take it as their subject. When Hollywood takes a hard look at itself, it rarely has any illusions that it’s a dream factory. “Los Angeles Plays Itself”, as a character in films about Hollywood, a dark place of dreams located on the maps to the stars. From Sunset Boulevard to Mulholland Drive, The Player to The Last Tycoon, A Star is Born to What Price Hollywood, this is the whole story of Hollywoodland.

What will we cover?

History of Hollywood studios and their contract stars.

Classic and recent films about Hollywood that shine a spotlight on the process of filmmaking.

Behind-the-scenes from silents to sound in The Artist and Singing in the Rain. View and discuss The Bad and Beautiful Hollywood Babylon. Hail Hollywood! Hail, Caesar! – the Coen Brothers’ first film actually set in Tinseltown since 1991’s Barton Fink (set in the Hollywood of 1951). Explore movies set in the so-called dream factory, in the town steeped in legend and death, scandal and shimmering decadence. Knowing some of the real-life secrets and inner workings can’t help but heighten the experience of watching Hollywood play itself, as if you’re in on the gossip. Here are tantalising movies where Hollywood does what it does best: revel in its own image. Hooray for Hollywood!

What will I achieve?

By the end of this course you should be able to…

list characteristics and genres of the major studios

view key clips capturing the style of each studio

link stars to the studios by detailing their speciality and their importance to that studio.