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    Vassar College
  Feb 22, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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MEDS 282 - Media Industries: Fox

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)

(Same as FILM 282 ) This course explores the history of Twentieth Century-Fox and Fox Broadcasting Company from its emergence in the 1910s to its present day position as one of the world’s largest media conglomerates. It uses Fox to explore changes in aesthetic paradigms, storytelling techniques, and the ways that media industries engage with important cultural, political and technological changes in American society.

Throughout the semester, we compare different critical frameworks used to discuss the history of the Hollywood Studio System such as media industry studies, genre and auteur theory, and celebrity studies. We apply these wide-ranging methods to a series of overlapping historical case studies on topics including F.W. Murnau, John Ford at Fox, and the FOX network’s efforts to reach underrepresented audiences. Screenings include Sunrise, How Green Was My Valley, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, M*A*S*H, The Simpsons Movie, In Living Color, and Star Wars. Alex Kupfer.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 175  or FILM 210  for students registering for FILM 282. MEDS 160  for students registering for MEDS 282.

Two 75-minute periods accompanied by film screenings.

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