Location: Media Room, Perelman Building
$125 ($100 members and Bryn Mawr Film Institute members); ticket required. Lecturer: Andrew J. Douglas, Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Long before Garbo talked, Jolson sang, or Norma Desmond readied for her close-up, there were silent movies. Some were scandalous, some were glorious, and many have been lost to time. But what remains sheds considerable light on the origins of this form that emerged from the confluence of science, art, commerce, and the Industrial Revolution.
This course introduces students to silent film, a blanket term covering the period in cinema from the Lumières’ Paris premiere in 1895 to the establishment of synchronized sound feature films as the Hollywood standard in 1929. We examine some of the medium’s key precursors, pioneers, and practitioners in technology and technique, and discuss some of the classic films of the age, including novelties, short films, documentaries, and features.
Don’t miss your chance to experience the era that saw the movies go from being dismissed as a fad and petty amusement to being hailed as a major art form and a mighty industry.
This course is in collaboration with Bryn Mawr Film Institute
To register, please call the Philadelphia Museum of Art Ticket Center 215-235-7469.