The history of American mainstream (Hollywood) movies.

Dec 13: final paper due, breakdown due, both by EMAIL

NO CLASS on Dec 13...submit both your paper and your breakdown by email.

(Note: If you need to turn in hard copy for some reason, let me know, and we can either arrange to get it in the Photo area, or you can leave it at the Art Office.)

BREAKDOWN (due Dec 13) this is a time-consuming project, so keep this in mind as you get started. It takes little brain power but lots of stamina and observation.

FINAL PAPER due Dec 13 by email

#metoo in the movies spelled out beautifully by Salma Hayek here:



my email:


FILM LIST (to be adjusted as we go...it’s mostly up to date!)


everything below here is optional FYI stuff:

A nice rundown of the main professionals in moviemaking:


(One tweak--traditionally the art director and the production designer are interchangeable terms, or at least malleable.)

A great article about Scorsese and his latest film...it’s long, but has a really nice sweep to it:


just for fun:



See an American movie during this semester from our period (before 1980) in any real theater (required)...then submit an IMDB review on it like all the others. And tell me so that I can mark it down.


SUNY has free films at Page Hall (on the old campus near Washington Park), and there are some that fit into our class perfectly. They are all Friday night at 135 Western Ave. FREE!!!! They don’t seem to have any American classics this fall, but you can double check their site if you want. Some good foreign and British options, and Forrest Gump, too.



The newly renovated historic Madison Theater (next to the old Price Chopper at Main and Madison) is going to be showing some period films this spring--the first time since many of these same films were shown there during their original release! (See the 1930s photo.) Just $5.



The Palace Theater (in Albany):

tickets are usually $5