Maricopa Community Colleges  HUM210   19942-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 11-23-1993

HUM210  1994 Spring – 1994 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Contemporary Cinema

A study of contemporary films, directors and critics with emphasis on evaluating film as an art form.

Prerequisites: None.

Cross-References: THE210

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


HUM210  1994 Spring – 1994 Summer II

Contemporary Cinema



Analyze the basic elements of the filmmaking process. (I)


Describe the role of the director, actor, editor, screenwriter and cinematographer. (I)


Identify and describe the relationships between past and contemporary film genres. (II)


Explain film's major periods and accomplishments from 1960 to the present. (II)


Identify and analyze significant films from the contemporary period. (III)


Identify and analyze significant contemporary film trends and theories. (III)


Identify and describe significant film critics and theories of film criticism in contemporary film. (III)


Describe the distribution and exhibition of contemporary films. (IV)


Identify and describe the major marketing and advertising strategies of contemporary film. (IV)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


HUM210  1994 Spring – 1994 Summer II

Contemporary Cinema


I. The Language of Film

A. Basic Elements of Filmmaking

1. Sound

2. Camera

3. Acting

4. Editing

5. Script writing

B. Personnel Involved in Filmmaking

1. Director

2. Actor

3. Editor

4. Screenwriter

5. Cinematographer

II. Film Genres from 1960 to Present

A. Overview of Film Genres

1. Major Periods from 1960 to Present

2. Major Accomplishments from 1960 to Present

B. Relationships Between Film Genres-Past to Present

1. Comedy

2. Romance

3. Western

4. Action/Adventure

5. Mystery

III. Contemporary Film Genres

A. Exploring Contemporary Film Genres

1. Significant Contemporary Films

2. Trends and Theories in Contemporary Films

B. Criticism of Contemporary Film

1. Significant Critics of Contemporary Film

2. Current Theories of Film Criticism

IV. Business of Contemporary Film

A. Distribution and Exhibition

B. Marketing and Advertising


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