- Core Course: Moving images, technologies, forms, receptions
- Reading Films
- Ancient Rome on Film
- Film Exhibition
- The French New Wave
- Genre in Italian Cinema
- Hollywood Genres
- New Argentine Cinemas
- Russian Cinema: Epochs and Genres
- Theories and Practices of Film
- Weimar and Nazi Film
- Intercollegiate Modules (2013-14)
- Public Nightmares: Screening Cold War Anxieties
- Cinema and the British City
- Documentary Film and the Anthropological Eye
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Theories and Practices of Film
Course code: FRENGF01
Credit value: 30
Course convenor: Dr Jann Matlock
This course will explore theoretical debates over film from the 1960s to the present. The goals of the course are threefold (1) to give students an overview of major movements in film theory, (2) to elaborate a framework of ways for 'practicing film theory, (3) to consider how films themselves function theoretically. The course consists of two primary sections, with the first senes of seminars on the film and its "subjects" - relating to problematics of Authorship, Spectatorship, Technology and the Apparatus, and Exhibition, and a second series of seminars focused on the relationship between film to other arts - Painting, Photography, Popular Spectacle, and Architecture.
Each week students will view together one film and will see one film on their own, while preparing a set of readings for discussion. Students who are taking the course for credit will be expected to prepare films and readings and to participate in all seminars.
All students will be expected to prepare a 20-minute conference-paper style presentation to be given at our course mini-conference at a date to be chosen by the class. This presentation should help students focus their ideas in preparation for their longer course essay and should also enable students to see what is required for giving a conference paper.
Assessment: one 5,000-words essay