Week Three

Film 1920 to 1940

Don Juan (1926) Premiere



  • Hollywood’s studio system
  • Important films and filmmakers of the era
  • Key moments in cinema history from 1920-1940
  • Established genres: melodrama, science-fiction, and horror film genres
  • identify the essential elements of German Expressionism
  • list significant German Expressionism filmmakers and films
  • understand the importance of German Expressionism in film history
  • Sound in cinema including Foley, score, and soundtrack


By end of this week, you should able to

  • identify key films and filmmakers of the period
  • define genre and be able to differentiate between the categories of film
  • understand the motivations behind the calls for censorship
  • identify the key features of melodrama, science-fiction, and horror
  • understand the essential elements of German Expressionism
  • describe the elements of German Expressionism shown in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Weine, 1920)
  • understand the importance of the introduction of sound in cinema
  • discuss the use of sound in a modern example of cinema
  • discuss the influence of censorship


Topic 1

Watch a film made in the last 25 years from one of the following genres – Melodrama, Science Fiction/Fantasy, or Horror. It cannot be from the genre that your favorite movie is from (the film you told us was your favorite in week one).

What does it have in common with the films of that genre in the week three content? How is the film different?

How does sound play a part in the film you watched? Identify at least three places that sound stood out in the film.

Respond to at least two of your classmates

Topic 2

Censorship in film has played an important role in commerical movie making. Do you think the film you watched for this week’s first discussion question would have been allowed to release with the same exact content 50 to 25 years ago or at least with the same rating. Why or why not?

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