Survey the evolution and trasformation of the Hollywood film industry…

About the Instructor

Brett Service is a Critical Studies graduate from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He has previously worked as Curator of the Warner Bros. Archives at USC where he oversaw and facilitated access to the corporate paper records of Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. and its motion picture subsidiaries. As a lecturer at UH Mānoa, he has previously taught The American Documentary in the Academy for Creative Media.

For inquiries: service@hawaii.edu

Session 1 (online)

This course examines the development, evolution, and transformation of motion picture filmmaking in the Hollywood studio system from 1930 to 1965. The course will survey the transformation of the Hollywood film industry in response to technological innovation, censorship, organized labor practices, and antitrust and regulatory policy, as influenced by changes in society, culture, and politics. By watching exemplary films of the Classical Hollywood Cinema, students will assess the evolution of filmmaking style, evaluate the transformation of film genres, and explore ideas of authorship, representation, spectatorship, and the cultural valences of film stardom.

Students are encouraged to examine these films within their historical context as well as to draw connections to subsequent decades of filmmaking in Hollywood and elsewhere. Identifying resonances between the industrial transformations of the Hollywood studio system and the current state of transition in the culture industries is also encouraged, especially as it pertains to the stories that Hollywood tells about itself and its history.

ACM majors only: Prerequisite: ACM 255 or consent

Updated 01/13/2020