What is the course about?
The history and development of American gothic cinema (horror, mystery, noir and melodrama) from around 1930 to the 1970s.
What will we cover?
• American gothic cinema as genre (horror, mystery, noir and melodrama)
• Film style in American gothic cinema
• Themes and narrative in American gothic cinema
• Modes of production in classical and post-classical Hollywood
• Critical responses to American gothic cinema.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify key American gothic films and evaluate them in terms of genre
• Evaluate film style in American gothic cinema
• Evaluate key themes and narrative patterns in American gothic cinema
• Evaluate the production contexts in which American gothic cinema has emerged
• Evaluate a range of critical responses to American gothic cinema.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels. It will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Screenings of extracts from films, talks by the tutor, reading materials, group discussions. There will be no work outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will require a pen and notepad (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details