HIST 2460 Celluloid Salvation: Redemption in American History and Film (Fall: 3 )
Since the first American motion pictures, filmmakers have been concerned with issues of salvation and damnation, good and evil. This course uses American film as an historical artifact, a lens through which Americans have grappled with these essential questions. From the biblical epics of the 1950s, where a Judeo-Christian consensus was assumed, to films like Platoon and Do the Right Thing, which suggest how difficult redemption and good can be in the late twentieth century, American movies have answered these questions in historically specific ways. Lectures and readings will situate the films (viewed in class) in temporal and philosophical context.
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