Kathleen Moran (Home Department: American Studies)
Monday and Wednesday 12:00-2:00, 141 McCone Hall (4 units), Class number: 44495

This course is about the history of the Hollywood "Dream Factory," focusing on both parts of that phrase. We will examine the historical and geographical development of the motion picture industry from the rise of the studio system to the "new" entertainment economy of the 1980's, as we think about the way films have constructed powerful and productive fantasies about the boundaries between public and private, work and play, commerce and art, fantasy and reality. Our topics will include the history of labor in the culture industry, the implications of shifts in the spatial organization of film production, and the effects of Hollywood on the larger politics of southern California. We will also discuss the way Hollywood has framed its own history by viewing a number of "movies about movies," including Sullivan's Travels, Singin' in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, and The Player.


Kathleen Moran

the Distinguished Teaching Award


This course may be used to satisfy the Historical Studies breadth requirement in Letters and Science.