This course examines the development of the film medium as an art form. We will learn the necessary tools to understand and analyze the technical and formal aspects of film, such as form, mise-en-scene, cinematography, narrative, editing, and sound. We will consider genres such the Detective-Crime Thriller, the Documentary, Experimental, and Animated film, studying closely a selection of watershed films that shaped the language of this medium. Issues of race and gender will feature prominently in our discussions as well as consideration of the film industry, such as questions of production, distribution, and exhibition. In short, we will focus both on the aesthetic as well as the industrial aspects of film.