An Introduction to Art Cinema
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HF241
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
The development of the art cinema since 1945.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Art film style and narrative
• Key films and filmmakers, e.g., Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960), L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960), Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966), Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman,1975), Hidden (Michael Haneke, 2005)
• Production contexts (national cinemas)
• Critical accounts of the art cinema
A key text for the course is: David Bordwell, ‘The Art Cinema as a Mode of Film Practice’, in Film Criticism, Fall, 1979, pp. 56-63, and expanded in Bordwell’s Narration and the Fiction Film, (London: Routledge, 1985), chapter 10, ‘Art-Cinema Narration’, pp. 205 - 233. Please note that the tutor will provide extracts from this text and it is not essential that you read it before the course.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify and evaluate art film style and narrative
• Identify and evaluate key films and filmmakers in the art cinema
• Describe the concepts of national cinema, authorship and realism in relation to the art cinema.
• Evaluate critical accounts of the art cinema.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels and you do not require any particular skills - just an enthusiasm for film and discussing film. The course will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge in the subject area.
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, small and large group discussions. It might also be a good idea to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see the reading and films mentioned above) but this is not essential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will require a pen and paper (or laptop/device) but, as indicated above, the tutor will provide all other materials such as online handouts etc.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Film Studies courses on our website, www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.
Jon Wisbey teaches film at City Lit and Morley College. He was for many years a committee member and vice-chair of Chelmsford Film Club, screening contemporary and classic world cinema releases. He has an MA in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. His teaching focuses on classical and post-classical Hollywood, European cinema, British cinema, film noir and horror cinema.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.