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

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. Masters of cinema: "The movie brats"
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A restless generation took Hollywood by storm in the 1970s, reflecting the climate of the country. The freewheeling styles of Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg, De Palma and Lucas would have a lasting impact on American filmmaking. These ‘movie brats’ were the first directors to come straight from college. Join us to investigate the 'New Hollywood'.



    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
  2. How to read a film: a beginner’s guide to cinema
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  3. Disney: film theory and high art
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Walt Disney Animation is not just entertainment for children. Film theorist Sergei Eisenstein was very interested in what animation could do to film’s form and meaning. Equally, Salvador Dali worked with Walt Disney on a surrealist film. This course will explore the many artistic influences on the Walt Disney Company in the 20th century.



    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. Sofia Coppola - the cinema of liminality
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this online film course we will deconstruct the complete filmography of American director Sofia Coppola, and the way in which her ambient sound design, muted colour palettes, and pared-down framing communicate remoteness, ambivalence, indulgence, and solitude.



    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
  5. An introduction to Japanese Anime: history, genres and authors
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is anime? What are the artistic and narrative features that make these films so instantly recognizable? This two-day online film course will provide an overview of the history of Japanese animation cinema, its inextricable links with manga and its multi-faceted and varied productions that range from children’s films to genres such as cyberpunk and yaoi. During the course, we will watch and discuss clips from a variety of production companies and directors, such as Haya Miyazaki, the Studio Ghibli and Katsuhiro Otomo.



    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
  6. Masters of Cinema: Vittorio De Sica
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Matinee idol; pioneer of Italian neo-realism; popular international director; Vittorio De Sica was a man of many parts. From The Bicycle Thieves to his work with Sophia Loren, De Sica brought Italian people and society to the world stage.



    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
  7. Masters of Cinema: Douglas Sirk and subversive melodrama
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online film studies course will explore the work of the Hollywood director Douglas Sirk, most famous for his 1950s Hollywood melodramas Magnificent Obsession (1954), All that Heaven Allows (1955), Written on the Wind (1956) and Imitation of Life (1959). The course will consider the films of this intensely productive period in some detail but it will also explore the film melodrama more broadly, considering its history, development and its critical significance. The course will consider Sirk’s status as a master filmmaker by exploring his entire career and it will examine the lasting influence and legacy of his films.



    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
  8. British Gothic Cinema
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore British gothic cinema from its origins in low budget chillers of the 1930s and dark noirs of the 1940s, to its golden age from the 1950s to the 1970s through the films produced by studios such as Hammer, Amicus and others. We will consider a range of films and discuss their style, themes and critical reception, along with issues such as the films' cultural context and censorship.



    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
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  9. An introduction to Hollywood Cinema
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Hollywood cinema has dominated screens and enthralled cinemagoers since the 1920s, adapting its creative and commercial strategies to meet the demands of changing markets and evolving audiences. This course explores its films, studios, producers, stars and directors, past and present, while also considering the key areas of its development and a range of critical accounts of Hollywood cinema.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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  10. Reading images: an introduction to film studies
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This comprehensive introductory course provides an overview of the main historical, technical and theoretical aspects of filmmaking and film analysis.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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  11. Heist Movies: crime thrillers
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    1950’s Hollywood began with The Asphalt Jungle (1950) just as The Maltese Falcon (1941) had kickstarted the forties. John Huston directed both — the first film noir and then the first heist film. Did he pull it off? Kubrick thought so, and made The Killing (1956), a rock-hard-boiled thriller built around Asphalt’s mastermind star, Sterling Hayden. Emerging from the shadow of film noir with thrilling action scenes, heist suspense films continue to be one of cinema’s most exciting genres.



    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
  12. The Acting Career of David Bowie
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    'I feel like an actor when I’m on stage, rather than a rock artist'. David Bowie was the modern renaissance man in a variety of fields; musician, painter and actor. Second guessing Bowie’s music career in the 1970s was nigh on impossible; the same could be said for his acting career with his eclectic choices from leading roles to cameos. Bowie was never afraid to take risks and learn from both the artistic triumphs and failures across a multitude of film genres; science fiction, horror, war, crime, romantic comedy, children’s fantasy and spaghetti western.



    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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  13. Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window: scene by scene
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Though a sophisticated entertainment mixing suspense, comedy and romance, Rear Window is also a sustained master class in Hitchcock's film style. This course will look at the film in its entirety, pausing to discuss key scenes and the array of techniques that Hitchcock employs to engage us in its action, while also considering its production, critical reputation and significance for film studies.



    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
  14. Exploring film studies: a beginner's guide
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of concepts and critical approaches in the study of film, including narrative, genre, spectatorship, authorship and directors, popular cinema, art cinema, national cinema, early and silent film, along with technological developments including the transition to sound, while we view and discuss a wide range of key films as examples.



    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
  15. Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: scene by scene
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Now recognised as both a major Hitchcock work and a masterpiece in its own right, Vertigo was originally a commercial failure and largely ignored by critics. Through a close analysis of the film this course considers Vertigo's dreamlike narrative and structure, the way in which Hitchcock's applies his authorial style to highly original and absorbing effect, and the film's critical reputation.



    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

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