Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film / Edition 1

Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film / Edition 1

by Dana Polan
     
 

This engaging book chronicles the first classes on the art and industry of cinema and the colorful pioneers who taught, wrote, and advocated on behalf of the new art form. Using extensive archival research, Dana Polan looks at, for example, Columbia University's early classes on Photoplay Composition; lectures at the New School for Social Research by famed movie… See more details below

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This engaging book chronicles the first classes on the art and industry of cinema and the colorful pioneers who taught, wrote, and advocated on behalf of the new art form. Using extensive archival research, Dana Polan looks at, for example, Columbia University's early classes on Photoplay Composition; lectures at the New School for Social Research by famed movie historian Terry Ramsaye; the film industry's sponsorship of a business course on film at Harvard; and attempts by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create programs of professionalized education at the University of Southern California, Stanford, and elsewhere. Polan examines a wide range of thinkers who engaged with the new art of film, from Marxist Harry Alan Potamkin to sociologist Frederic Thrasher to Great Books advocates Mortimer Adler and Mark Van Doren.

About the Author:
Dana Polan is Professor of Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249639
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Dana Polan is Professor of Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Among his books are Jane Campion, Pulp Fiction,
In a Lonely Place,
and the forthcoming titles The Sopranos and The French Chef.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Toward a Disciplinary History of Film Studies     1
First Forays in Film Education: The Pedagogy of Photoplay Composition at Columbia University     33
A Brief Interlude as the Movies March On: Terry Ramsaye and the New School for Social Research     90
"Younger Art, Old College; Happy Union": Harvard Goes into the Business and Art of the Movies     113
Between Academia and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: The University of Southern California Ventures into the Cinema     175
Politics as Pedagogy Pedagogy as Politics: The Rather Brief Moment in Time of Harry Alan Potamkin     236
Appreciations of Cinema: Syracuse Discovers Film Art     263
Cinematic Diversions in Sociology: Frederic Thrasher in the World of Film Appreciation     299
Middlebrow Translations of Highbrow Philosophy: The Film Fandom of the 1930s Great Books Intellectuals     344
Notes     377
Index     401

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