Gender History and American Film looked at film history through multiple lenses--pun intended--which is not an easy task for the professor nor students. Professor Hallett, however, excelled, illustrating her expertise in film studies, American history, and gender studies simultaneously. The class focused more on contextualizing blockbuster films within their time period, from the silent era into the 1960s, rather than analyzing stylistic elements of cinema, but incorporated discussions of technique when relevant. The readings were varied and interesting, and Professor Hallett encouraged students to be critical of them as one must be critical of how films do and do not reflect real life. She led focused dicussions with an excellent balance of student comments and her lecture, which was unfailingly entertaining. She is also very reponsive and helpful when approached. The movies were nearly all enjoyable, if not at face value than for their deeper significance, and the assignments likewise interesting. I highly recommend Professor Hallett and this class in particular for providing an alternative way to view American history through film and culture.