DEPARTMENT: ENGLISH AND PHILOSOPHY COURSE PREFIX: ENG                        COURSE NUMBER: 313-1                        CREDIT HOURS: 3

I. TITLE: ENG 313: History of the Cinema

             This course will cover the international, historical, cultural, artistic, and technical development of the cinema from the beginning to the present, with some emphasis on American contributions.
             Prerequisites: Although no prerequisites are listed in the catalog, it is essential that students will have passed English 101, 102, 104, 105, or the equivalent.

             The students should acquire expertise in viewing, analyzing, discussing, and writing about films in their historical, cultural, artistic, and development contexts.

              The outline of the course will be based on chapters in the 4th edition of David A Cook's A History of Narrative Film, which are about films of different decades, genres, and countries.

             The course consists of lectures, movies viewed in and out of class, discussions, exams, outside papers, weekly journals, and conferences when necessary.

             Field experiences will involve viewing and often writing about optional movies outside of class.

             David A Cook's A History of Narrative Film, 4th edition.
              Posted Student Essays on Celluloid Historian as they appear.
             Posted student essays to Celluloid Historian will provide inspiration and models for other students in their writings. Students are encouraged to attend movies shown on campus, especially those connected with the Cinema International, and off campus. Numerous movie-related web sites are listed at the bottom of the syllabus.

              Students will do a variety of written assignments:
4 required short essays (300 words or more) on an historical aspect of a particular movie viewed in and/or of class, each essay worth 10 points, for a total of 40 points
1 take-home midterm essay exam, worth 10 points
1 long essay (1000 words or more) on a particular aspect of cinematic history, worth 20 points
1 weekly journal (either on computer or in a hard-copy notebook), with detailed comments on the assigned chapters in the text book, the posted essays, the movies viewed in and/or out of class, and the class discussions, to be handed in twice during the semester, worth 10 points
At least 1 or more panel discussions or an extra short essay (300 words or more) in lieu of a panel discussion on an historical aspect of a particular movie viewed in and/or of class, each worth 10 points
1 final essay exam, worth 10 points
             The point scale for final grades is below:
A=90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 E=0-59 1 Panel Discussion
A=98-110 B=88-97.9 C=78-87.9 D=68-77.9 E=0-67.9 2 Panel Discussions
A=108-120 B=96-109.9 C=84-95.9 D=72-83.4 E=0-71.9 3 Panel Discussions<
Students must complete all assigned work to get a course grade.
             Optional rewrites or revised essays to improve the grade, writing skills, and chance of having them included in Celluloid Historian. The rewrite grade will be worth 1/4 the total theme grade. Each student may write extra essays, with each one eliminating another essay with a lower grade.
Students will be encouraged to hand their works in on jump drives or email them, especially the revisions. After essays are suitably edited by the professor and the students, the essays, with the students' permission, will be put into HTML format and posted to the latest issue of Celluloid Historian on the professor's geocities website.

             Students are expected to adhere to the MSU Attendance Policy outlined in the current MSU Bulletin.

             Murray State University takes seriously its moral and educational obligation to maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. Instructors are expected to evaluate students’ academic achievements accurately, as well as ascertain that work submitted by students is authentic and the result of their own efforts, and consistent with established academic standards. Students are obligated to respect and abide by the basic standards of personal and professional integrity.
             Violations of Academic Honesty include:
              Cheating - Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized information such as books, notes, study aids, or other electronic, online, or digital devices in any academic exercise; as well as unauthorized communication of information by any means to or from others during any academic exercise.
              Fabrication and Falsification - Intentional alteration or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification involves changing information whereas fabrication involves inventing or counterfeiting information.
              Multiple Submission - The submission of substantial portions of the same academic work, including oral reports, for credit more than once without authorization from the instructor.
              Plagiarism - Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, creative work, or data of someone else as one’s own in any academic exercise, without due and proper acknowledgement.
Instructors should outline their expectations that may go beyond the scope of this policy at the beginning of each course and identify such expectations and restrictions in the course syllabus. When an instructor receives evidence, either directly or indirectly, of academic dishonesty, he or she should investigate the instance. The faculty member should then take appropriate disciplinary action.
             Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to the following:
             1) Requiring the student(s) to repeat the exercise or do additional related exercise(s).
             2) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) on the particular exercise(s) involved.
             3) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) in the course.
             If the disciplinary action results in the awarding of a grade of E in the course, the student(s) may not drop the course.
             Faculty reserve the right to invalidate any exercise or other evaluative measures if substantial evidence exists that the integrity of the exercise has been compromised. Faculty also reserve the right to document in the course syllabi further academic honesty policy elements related to the individual disciplines.
             A student may appeal the decision of the faculty member with the department chair in writing within five working days. Note: If, at any point in this process, the student alleges that actions have taken place that may be in violation of the Murray State University Non-Discrimination Statement, this process must be suspended and the matter be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity. Any appeal will be forwarded to the appropriate university committee as determined by the Provost.

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Schedule of Chapters, Related Films, and Assignments

Film Analysis Guidelines

English 313 is a required course for the Film Studies Minor.

Film Studies Minor

Film Studies Minor Catalog Descriptions


Celluloid Historian 2006:
Journal of Student Essays & Information on Films

Celluloid Historian 2007:

Journal of Student Essays & Information on Films

Celluloid Historian 2008:
Journal of Student Essays & Information on Films

Celluloid Historian 2009:
Journal of Student Essays & Information on Films

Celluloid Historian 2010:
Journal of Student Essays & Information on Films

Celluloid Historian 2011:
Journal of Student Essays & Information on Films

Celluloid Historian 2012:
Journal of Student Essays & Information on Films

Celluloid Historian 2013:
Journal of Student Essays & Information on Films


Movie Web Sites

Maiden Alley Cinema
112 Maiden Alley Downtown Paducah between Broadway and Kentucky
Movie Line: 1-270-441-7007
Business Office: 1-270-442-7723
Email Address for Up-to-Date Movie Information: Film Institute movie reference movie reference (internet movie data base)--perhaps the best all-purpose movie site review query engine" movie reviews movie reviews go to Roger Ebert's section--in-depth on selected films all-purpose site about movies stuff about film

Other Sites of Interest -- all purpose reference site about music books, classics and other titles