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Cinema Survey 1: 1880s to 1945

University of Mississippi

CINE 201 3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dave Nichols

Instructor name:
Dr. Michelle Emanuel

Instructor Information:
Head of Cataloging and Selector for Media and Modern Languages, University of Mississippi Libraries.

I am a native of Birmingham, Alabama but I have worked in the library at Ole Miss since 2002. My Ph.D. is in French literature, so this means I have a tendency to overpronounce things, so I will apologize in advance.

I served as a co-director of the Oxford Film Festival from 2005-2015.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the course itself or the films mentioned. Email correspondence is preferred. You can expect a turnaround time of 24 hours to any email you send. If you are in Oxford and would like to stop by to chat, my cubicle is in the J.D. Williams Library, on the second floor (near Starbucks) where I am Head of Cataloging. I generally work Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., but since I am occasionally away from my desk, it is best to schedule an appointment if you can. Phone messages left after 5:00 p.m. will not be heard until the next working day.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This course represents a survey of the film industry from the late 1880s through the end of World War II in 1945, from the invention of the medium through the transition to sound.

By examining international trends and changes to industry conditions such as production, distribution, and exhibition, you will acquire a contextual understanding of the medium of film and its genres in the United States and around the world.

Textbook Information:

Movie History: a Survey / Douglas Gomery, Clara Pafort-Overduin. Routledge, 2011.
(Chapters 1-8)
Note: This text is also used in CINE 202.
ISBN-13: 978-0415775458 ISBN-10: 0415775450

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. treat a film as a cultural text, understanding the work as a document with great historical and sociological significance
  2. apply the origins and development of cinema, major film movements and film theories, and the particular workings of the industry to understand films from around the world.
Course Outline:

This course consists of 8 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Course Introduction
Syllabus Quiz

Chapter 1 The invention and innovation of the motion pictures

Discussion board, Open Book Quiz

Chapter 2 The triumph of Hollywood

Film Questionnaire, Open Book Quiz

Chapter 3 Hollywood establishes the Classical Narrative Style

Film Questionnaire, Open Book Quiz

Chapter 4 Influential alternatives to Hollywood: European Cinema

Film Questionnaire, Open Book Quiz
Chapter 5 Experiments in filmmaking: the USSR
Film Questionnaire, Discussion Board, Open Book Quiz
Mid Course Exam

Part I: The Silent Cinema, 1895-1927 (Chapters 1-5)

The midterm exam covers chapters 1-5 and is entirely composed of questions recycled from the Open Book Quizzes.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Chapter 6 The coming of sound and the studio system

Film Questionnaire, Open Book Quiz

Chapter 7 The first Golden Age of Hollywood movie making

Film Questionnaire, Open Book Quiz
Chapter 8 European alternatives to Hollywood: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy
Film Questionnaire, Discussion Board, Open Book Quiz
Final Exam

Part II: The Hollywood Studio Era, 1928-1950

The final exam covers chapters 6-8 and is entirely composed of questions recycled from the Open Book Quizzes.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit



This course uses the University of Mississippi's Plus/Minus grading scale. This scale includes the grades A (93-100%), A- (90-92%), B+ (87-89%), B (83-86%), B- (80-82%), C+ (77-79%), C (73-76%), C- (70-72%), D (60-69%), and F (Below 60%), in addition to W (withdraw) and I (Incomplete). Note: extra credit assignments are not offered.


The grading distribution is as follows:

Open Book Quizzes
Film Questionnaires
Discussion Questions
Midterm Exam
Final Exam

Note: Quizzes and tests are machine-graded, but the grading of Film Questionnaires or Discussion Questions may take up to 5 working days.


Testing Information

A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). The Department of Independent and Online Learning has a testing facility to proctor tests for iStudy students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take tests from any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Testing centers and public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website.


  • It is the student's responsibility to contact a proctor and schedule a testing appointment for each and every test he/she is required to take.
  • It is the student's responsibility to provide Independent Study at Ole Miss with his or her proctor information at least seven (7) days before the examination window opens.
  • If you are unable to use one of the proctors on the list, you are still responsible for locating a proctor for each and every test.

In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

Instructional methods used in this course include recorded lectures, reading and writing assignments, online communications, and two proctored exams. You are expected to read the pages indicated textbook, listen to the corresponding lectures (on narrated PowerPoint slides), watch excerpts from the films mentioned in the lectures, and complete assignments.

You are expected to read and/or listen to assigned materials, submit assignments, and answer online discussion questions. You will follow the lessons sequentially from first to last. Expect to spend 3-4 hours per lesson. Because of the intensive nature of this class, it is essential that you allocate adequate time to work on each lesson.

Assignments include:

  • an open book quiz at the end of each lesson, which you can take as many times as you need to. Your highest score will be counted. Some of the questions from each of the quizzes will be recycled on the midterm and final exams. NOTE: after you've submitted the quiz, you can view the results by first accessing the quiz as you did before and then clicking the "OK" button in the bottom right corner when prompted.
  • after the first module, you will be asked to choose a film from a list to watch in its entirety, and then answer a series of questions about the film's plot, technique, and acting. You will be asked to summarize the film's plot in "the form of a tweet," or 140 characters, but these will not be posted to Twitter.
  • there are three Discussion Question Boards: one at the beginning of the course, one at the middle, and one at the end. For each, you are expected to make an original post. You should use correct English grammar. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements.
  • there are two proctored midterm and final exams, each taking random questions from previous quizzes. You must arrange with iStudy to have a proctor, whether you are taking the exam in the distance testing lab in Oxford, on one of the satellite campuses (DeSoto, Grenada, Southaven, Tupelo), or via ProctorU. The proctor will provide the password. You must submit an exam application form to schedule each exam.

REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY (for the duration of the course)

  • Internet Access, preferably high speed
  • Consistent access to Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Blackboard-supported browser (Firefox or Chrome preferred)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Flash player
  • Access to speakers or headphones

Assignments taken through Blackboard – open book quizzes, midterm and final exams – are graded instantly by the computer. Film questionnaires, which I must read individually, will be returned within three days.

Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection under Title 17 of the United States Code. Violations of copyright laws could subject you to federal and state civil penalties and criminal liability as well as disciplinary action under University policies. As an Ole Miss student, you must comply with the IT Appropriate Use Policy. For questions about the Appropriate Use Policy, send an email to

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the course itself or the films mentioned. Email correspondence is preferred. You can expect a turnaround time of 24 hours to any email you send. If you are in Oxford and would like to stop by to chat, my cubicle is in the J.D. Williams Library, on the second floor (near Starbucks) where I am Head of Cataloging. I generally work Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., but since I am occasionally away from my desk, it is best to schedule an appointment if you can. Phone messages left after 5:00 p.m. will not be heard until the next working day.

If the question is technical in nature, including questions about Blackboard itself, you should contact the iStudy office (662-915-7313) or the IT helpdesk


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It is the responsibility of any student with a disability who requests a reasonable accommodation to contact the Office of Student Disability Services (662-915-7128) in 234 Martindale Center to be verified with that office. SDS will then contact the instructor through the student by means of an Instructor Notification of Classroom Accommodations form. For more information, please visit their website at


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Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

  • Self-plagiarism is defined as re-using a paper written for another class and submitting it in whole or part for credit in another class, without obtaining permission from the instructor prior to the submission of the paper.
  • Plagiarism is harder to define, but it boils down to representing someone else's ideas as your own.

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the iStudy office.


Set aside a regular time for studying and preparing your lessons.

  • Submit the lessons at regular intervals.
  • Review constantly. Do not merely submit new material and permit the old to stagnate.
  • Note carefully the comments and corrected errors on the assignments that are returned to you. If you have difficulty understanding the corrections, never hesitate to ask for help.
  • Do not hesitate to contact your instructor about any difficulties you may have or any phase of the work you may not understand.

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