Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007258

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 17
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge of central features, aspects and trends of American cinema post-1948 (factors that have affected the transition from Old to New Hollywood: The Paramount Decree, HUAC, TV, The Hays Office, Politics and Social Movements, Box-Office Decline) • Identify industrial changes in post-1948 American cinema (Dissolution of homogenized audience, Restructure of the Studios, Problem and Cult Movies, Roadshows, Multinational Take-overs, Independents) • Analyse form and themes of particular films in relation to a variety of industrial, social and cultural contexts. (A truly American, Independent, Arty Cinema)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course explores a significant change that took place in American cinema between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, a brief period of innovation generally known as the Hollywood Renaissance. This period marks the culmination of a radical transformation and re-organization that the entire motion picture industry went through, due to a deep-seated crisis that had its roots back in World War II and enabled the transition of the Hollywood industry from the classical to the post-classical era. Τhe scope of this course is to trace the political, economic, social, technological and cultural parameters of this crisis in order to assess their impact on this transition. The evolution of the motion picture industry, therefore, is examined as a reflection of the significant political, economic, social, technological and cultural changes in American society at large (post-WWII suburbanization, baby boom, the Red Scare, politics, civil rights movement, etc.) and the specific impact that those changes had on the motion picture industry (changing audiences, the Paramount Decree and studio re-structuring, roadshows, independent productions, HUAC, television, box-office decline, changing technologies, etc.). Overall, the Hollywood Renaissance is comprehended through the years that preceded it, and in turn explains the subsequent direction of the motion picture industry from mid-1970s onwards (also briefly reviewed at the end of the course): by going through the gradual rebirth of American cinema after WWII, the course also offers an in-depth consideration of the characteristics of American society of the era, and their connection to the film industry.
Hollywood industry, crisis, Hollywood Renaissance, Classical and New Hollywood, History of American Cinema, culture
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment813.2
film viewing271.1
Student Assessment
A 2 ½ hour final exam or take-home (upon special agreement with the instructor) Included in the course syllabus.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Belton, John. “Glorious Technicolor, Breathtaking Cinemascope and Stereophonic Sound.” The Classical Hollywood Reader, edited by Steve Neale, Routledge, 2012, pp. 355–69. Cook, David A. A History of Narrative Film: Fifth Edition. 5th ed., W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. Cowie, Elizabeth, and Steve Neale. “Film Culture: ‘New Hollywood Cinema.’” Screen, vol. 17, no. 2, Oxford Academic, Summer 1976, pp. 117–22. academic.oup.com, doi:10.1093/screen/17.2.117. Elsaesser, Thomas. “American Auteur Cinema: The Last – or First – Picture Show?” The Last Great American Picture Show: New Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s, edited by Thomas Elsaesser et al., Amsterdam Univ. Press, 2004, pp. 37–69. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt46mxhc. Gomery, Douglas. “Hollywood as Industry.” The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, edited by John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 245–54. Grant, Barry Keith. “Introduction: Movies and the 1960s.” American Cinema of the 1960s: Themes and Variations, edited by Barry Keith Grant, Rutgers University Press, 2008, pp. 1–21. Hall, Sheldon. “Tall Revenue Features: The Genealogy of the Modern Blockbuster.” Genre and Contemporary Hollywood, edited by Steve Neale, British Film Institute, 2002, pp. 11–26. King, Geoff. New Hollywood Cinema: An Introduction. I.B. Tauris, 2002. Kokonis, Michalis. “Hollywood’s Major Crisis and the American Film ‘Renaissance.’” Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism, vol. 16, 2008, pp. 169–206. Kramer, Peter. “Post-Classical Hollywood.” The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, edited by John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 289–309. Metz, Walter. “Hollywood Cinema.” The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture, edited by Christopher Bigsby, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 374–91. Monaco, Paul. The Sixties: 1960-1969. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2001. Neve, Brian. “Hollywood and Politics in the 1940s and 1950s.” The Classical Hollywood Reader, edited by Steve Neale, Routledge, 2012, pp. 389–98. Ray, Robert B. A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980. Princeton University Press, 1985. Schatz, Thomas. “The New Hollywood.” Film Theory Goes to the Movies, edited by Jim Collins et al., Routledge, 1993, pp. 8–36.
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