Cinema and Modernity
(Co-Conveners: Michael Valdez Moses and Len Tennenhouse) Continuing the theme of “cinema and modernism,” this group will focus its attention on a relatively recent phase of modernity from the late 19th-century to the present. Significantly, this period corresponds to the emergence of a new medium that arguably has become the most important art form of the last 120 years: cinema. The working group plans to hold eight monthly meetings, which will focus on a single film, and two or three events surrounding visits by notable scholars who write and work on film. The topic of focus is: “From Silent to Sound Cinema.” Attention will be given to “late” silent films of the 1920s and early sound films of the 30s. Possible foci of discussions are: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) or M (1931), Carl Dreyer’ The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) orVampyr (1932), Yasujiro Ozu’s A Story of Floating Weeds (1934), Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927), Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible (1945/1958), Luis Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or (1930), P. W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box (aka Lulu, 1929), Jean Cocteau’s Blood of the Poet (1932), D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916), Jean Epstein’s Coeur fidèle (1923), Charles Chaplin’s Limelight (1952), F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927) or City Girl (1930), and early silent shorts by Georges Méliès.