We’re just about finished with our section on early film, so it’s time to start preparing for the early film exam. I’ve provided a description of the format under the “Assignments” tab; please look it over before class and bring any questions that you may have.
A former student — Virginia Sun — brought this article from Manohla Dargis, co-chief film critic for The New York Times, to my attention. She discusses the ways that Hollywood teaches us; in this case, specifically about gender and the opportunities and limitations placed upon it. I like the article because it suggests that such lessons are not monolithic or easily defined. We learn contradictory things not only across movies but within them. It seems like a good fit with our discussion of Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. today.