Film studies

Film Studies Courses
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Enjoy a fresh look at big screen classics, ground-breaking titles and cult favourites featuring a cast of iconic names, former stars and the men and women who called the shots

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We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

Study in-person, or online from the comfort of home, with classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students and share your passion for Film as part of a learning community. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators. Tutors share their knowledge and passion for Film through presentations, screenings, interactive discussion, analysis, and other activities.

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  1. Charlie Chaplin: ‘Inventor’ of Cinema
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    Charlie Chaplin was Hollywood’s first real star. In the whole history of cinema, few movie stars were bigger than the movies - but Chaplin undoubtedly was. ‘Celebrity’ began with Chaplin. From fame to infamy and back again, his comedy style remains as popular as ever, as his ubiquity on TikTok demonstrates. The Little Tramp was the biggest name draw for the 20th century’s hottest novelty, the movies. How much, though, do we remember the man, Charlie, now? Much better in 2022 thanks to a new book (see below) and a new film, The Real Charlie Chaplin (Peter Middleton/James Spinney 2021), a gripping, clear-eyed overview of his life and works. This one-day course, filled with clips from his films, demonstrating his unique style, will showcase his singular place in cinema.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  2. Oscar Trivia: The Secret History of Hollywood’s Academy Awards
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    The story of the Oscars is the story of behind-the-scenes Hollywood. Oscar-winning script guru William Goldman famously said of Hollywood: “Nobody knows anything.” Certainly, nobody knows what wins Oscars, otherwise they would just follow a formula. Did you know that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 by MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer to prevent unionisation? It didn’t, but the Academy continued as a way to promote the film industry. To this day, its membership is self-selecting, and done in secret. Billy Crystal thought 'The Academy’ meant people in robes high in the Hollywood Hills seriously discussing film. It didn’t, but we will.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  3. Masters of Cinema: Fritz Lang
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Explore the cinema of Fritz Lang from his German films featuring fantasy themes, including Die Nibelungen and Metropolis and others reflecting Weimar society, such as M and The Testament of Dr Mabuse, to his Hollywood period and films dealing with American society, such as Fury, psychological film noirs, including Woman in the Window and Scarlet Street, and crime films such as The Big Heat.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  4. Road movies
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    Andrea Arnold’s epic road drama American Honey (2016) captures the freedom offered by the open road, the feeling that you can go anywhere and be anyone. When did this type of film first emerge? Arguably with “It Happened One Night” in 1934 when Frank Capra directed a film of two people meeting on a screwball bus ride through America during The Great Depression. Further down the road in the 1950s, teens rebelled in The Wild One (1953 László Benedek), but in the 1960s, Easy Rider (1969 Dennis Hopper) sent Hollywood on a detour. Spielberg caught the 1970s in Duel (1971) and The Sugarland Express (1974), while the 1990s opened with Thelma and Louise (1991 Ridley Scott). The road movie in the 21st century is alive and well. Just last year Nomadland (2020 Chloe Zhao) won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, proving there’s still gas left in the genre.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

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