Review Comment

[FILM W3200] Silent Cinema

March 22, 2011

Falk, Leon Silver_nugget
[FILM W3200] Silent Cinema

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I guess Falk must have studied since he first started teaching this class, because he definitely seems to know what he's talking about now. This class is really structured like an intro course. You go over a lot of the same things as you do in intro, about the advent of film and the basic history, but you also go into more detail.

The films are pretty boring, with the exception of the Chaplin and Keaton (in my opinion), but Falk does his best to make it at least slightly interesting. As a film major, I did find it interesting to learn about the history of film. Unfortunately, watching silent films week after week can get pretty draining.

I was wondering why more people haven't reviewed this class, and then I realized there's really not much to say about it. It's a requirement, so you'll have to take it no matter what, so these reviews don't matter much. And the class is pretty straightforward. The workload isn't too bad, and you watch a lot of silent films. That's about it.

Workload:

Not bad. Reading each week that isn't really necessary. The only written work is a take-home midterm and final. The take-home midterm consisted of several identifications and then a 5-page paper. The final was 4 2-3 page essays

January 05, 2009

Falk, Leon Silver_nugget
[FILM W3200] Silent Cinema

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Falk came in the first class and admitted that he really had no idea what he was doing teaching Silent Cinema, since his expertise is in producing (he used to run Orion Pictures back in the day). But Falk knew the films well, but simply struggled to describe a cohesive narrative for the class. He's a funny guy and a decent lecturer, but he didn't really know where the class was going. He did choose some great films (The Last Laugh, The Crowd, Passion of Joan of Arc), along with a couple sleepers (everyone in that class will remember the day we watched—or didn't watch—Earth). Falk made the mistake though of often showing a series of clips from a film in order to capture the essence, which rarely worked. The last class though, he spent at least a 1/2 hour getting feedback, so I wouldn't be surprised if the class dramatically improves the next time he teaches it.

Workload:

reading that was pretty much optional, 10 page midterm paper, four big response questions for final that totaled about 12-15 pages

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FILM / FILM FILM FILM W3200: Silent Cinema Jane Gaines 2012 Fall R / 2:00- 5:45 PM 1
FILM / FILM FILM FILM W3200: Silent Cinema Leon Falk 2010 Fall R / 10:00- 1:50 PM 1
FILM / FILM FILM FILM W3200: Silent Cinema Leon Falk 2009 Fall R / 10:00- 1:50 PM 1
FILM / FILM FILM FILM W3200: Silent Cinema Leon Falk 2008 Fall R / 2:00- 5:50 PM 1
FILM / FILM FILM FILM W3200: Silent Cinema John Frankfurt 2006 Fall W / 1:45- 5:45 PM 1
FILM / FILM FILM FILM W3200: Silent Cinema David Sterritt 2004 Fall T / 10:00- 1:50 PM 1
FILM / FILM FILM FILM W3200: Silent Cinema David Sterritt 2003 Fall T / 10:00- 1:50 PM 1