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Film studies

Film Studies Courses
Study online & in London

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

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. Self Disclosure: the art of the personal documentary
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    What happens when a filmmaker (or their loved ones) becomes the subject of their own documentary? How do they navigate—and shape—such autobiographical material? What challenges, aesthetic or otherwise, do they face, and how do they overcome them? This online Film Studies course explores the art of the personal documentary and some of its key practitioners, including Orson Welles, Agnès Varda, Martin Scorsese and Mark Cousins.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Farewell Film Noir
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Film noir describes a strange new mood of cynicism, darkness and disenchantment in American films during and shortly after WW2. Suddenly there was an outburst of adult, artistic maturity by emigre directors inspired by Chandler and Cain’s pulp poetry. Billy Wilder’s corrosive Double Indemnity (1944) startled Hollywood with its expressionist, existential neorealism and was nearly banned. Its popular success led to Laura (1944), Farewell My Lovely (1944) and The Postman Aways Rings Twice (1946).

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00

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