June 08, 2008

Pena, Richard Silver_nugget
Silent Cinema

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

Like the other reviews said, this is primarily a history class. Not just a history of films or style, but literally a history of the country or culture that produced each film and the effects that they may have had on the filmmaker.

Some people may find that interesting, but others will find it very tedious. Strangely, all of the papers and the final focus on more traditional aspects of film. So unless you go out of your way to incorporate history and culture into your work, the lecture will have very little relevance on the rest of the course.

Still, the films were well chosen and Pena is truly encyclopedic in his knowledge of film. Not a class I would take if I wasn't a film major, but it's manageable.

Workload:

9 short (2-3 page) papers, which is actually pretty intense. A take-home final that had to be a minimum of 8 pages (some people wrote 18+). More work than your average film class.