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MIT 21L.011 The Film Experience - Fall 2007

This course is an introduction to narrative film, emphasizing the unique properties of the movie house and the motion picture camera, the historical evolution of the film medium, and the intrinsic artistic qualities of individual films. The primary focus is on American cinema, but secondary attention is paid to works drawn from other great national traditions, such as France, Italy, and Japan. The syllabus includes such directors as Griffith, Keaton, Chaplin, Renoir, Ford, Hitchcock, Altman, De Sica, and Fellini.

Course Homepage:21L.011 The Film Experience Fall 2007

Course features at MIT OpenCourseWare page:

Complete MIT OCW video collection at MIT OpenCourseWare - VideoLectures.NET


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Reviews and comments:

Comment1 Albert Sanchez Moreno, March 5, 2010 at 6:44 p.m.:

Would it be possible for you to put the video lectures on musicals online, instead of just having them as PDF files?

Comment2 lidia bardina , March 16, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.:

I think I've been missing part of the video lectures of this course. Where can I found those concerning German film, Capra and Hitchcock, the american musical and so on

Comment3 Dionisio Fernandez, August 15, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.:

Where can I get all video lectures?

Comment4 Davor (Publication Manager), August 16, 2012 at 3:19 p.m.:

Dear all, unfortunately only four videos are available for this course, although you might find additional information at the MIT OCW site.

Comment5 Tina F. Maliki, October 1, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.:

Thank you Prof. Thorburn. Thank you MIT for the whole OCW iniciative. I'm from Brazil and I'd like to know if there's anyway I can watch the rest of the lectures of this course. I've tried and youtube but could only find Lectures 1, 2, 3 and 20. If they're not available I leave here a record of my interest in having them available and my sincere thanks.

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