January 26, 2007

Frankfurt, John Silver_nugget
Silent Cinema

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

Prof. Frankfurt is a nice guy who teaches an okay class. His interpretation of silent cinema isn't thought-provoking and doesn't evoke enthusiasm from his students, but was informative and a pretty good intro to silent movies.
His papers are sometimes annoying. The first two topics were so incredibly general. For the third archival paper, it was interesting to go see archival slides at the Rare Books Library, but no one had any idea what he wanted us to write because there was no precedent for the assignment. He is nice (slightly awkward) and responsive to student comments, but there's nothing to get worked up about.

Workload:

Readings and 3 papers. Not too bad.