Course overview

We will consider a range of films, from classics to contemporary cinema. We will discuss the style and meaning of diverse extracts drawing on key ideas from Film Studies. We will consider films from diverse countries, comparing and contrasting these with American and British cinema. The class will be organised around discussion of selected extracts, with guidance on points to look for, including different aspects of film such as the screenplay and cinematography. Students will be encouraged to develop their responses in small groups. Case studies will be included on Alfred Hitchcock and British cinema.

Course description

This is a introductory session for anyone who enjoys cinema and would like to study the subject in more detail. We will focus on extracts from different areas of the world including the successful cinema of Hollywood, and a range of alternatives from European cinema to African and Asian films. The diversity of extracts means that students may well be introduced to new work, and the subjects will provide lots of opportunity for discussion. The tutor will facilitate this discussion and introduce the extracts with reference to key concepts from Film Studies. These ideas range from debates about the influence of the director and genre to the importance of the context in which the film was made. In addition, key concepts of film form will be applied to the extracts from types of camera shot to editing patterns. The session is designed to help students become more familiar with many elements of film form. The session is suitable for students who have already done film studies or for complete beginners. There is lots of scope for sharing reactions to the films shown, and students are encouraged to develop their understanding by reading selected reviews and contributions from film history and film journalism. Key reviews will be made available through Canvas to supplement our work and discussion in class.

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