Movies about movies taster: French and Italian filmmakers and the film industry
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HF250
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
This online film studies course looks at how French and Italian directors have explored their film industry and history on screen in film. Filmmakers will include Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Federico Fellini and Mia Hansen-Løve. Although the films being discussed are from 1960 onwards, the films are set from the silent film to the present day, focusing on both filmmakers at work, and audiences falling for their movies.
For as long as we’ve had moving pictures there have been storytellers keen to incorporate the collective experience of watching and making films into their work, and in this Summer course we will be transported to Italy and France to see how filmmakers from these countries have reflected on the movie business. This is a stand alone taster session for a longer course on Movies About the Movies that will run in the Autumn term (code tbc),
taking place from 3 November - 8 December, 6-7.30pm.
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?
French Films being discussed will include:
Le Mépris (FRA, 1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
Day for Night (FRA, 1973, François Truffaut)
My Wife is an Actress (FRA, 2001, Yvan Attal)
Father of My Children (FRA, 2009, Mia Hansen-Løve)
The Artist (FRA, 2011, Michel Hazanavicius)
Italian Films being discussed will include:
La dolce vita (ITA, 1960, Federico Fellini)
8 1/2 (ITA, 1963, Federico Fellini)
The Spirit of the Beehive (ITA, 1973, Víctor Erice)
Good Morning, Babylon (ITA, 1987, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)
Cinema Paradiso (ITA, 1988, Giuseppe Tornatore)
After Midnight (ITA|, 2004, Davide Ferrario).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- gain an understanding of how French and Italian filmmakers have portrayed their film industry
- evaluate stylistic choices available to filmmakers in the construction of mise-en-scène
- conduct a basic formal and thematic analysis of an individual film
- gain insights into different film movements and styles
- appreciate basic concepts of the impact historical and production contexts have on a film
- understand and accurately articulate specialist terms used in the language of film.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For those who enjoy viewing and discussing films and are interested in sharing ideas and listening to the views of others.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The format of the course will be two PowerPoint illustrated talks with examples of 6 – 8 films from the past 60 years, from Italy and France (the extracts will have subtitles). There will be opportunities for discussion and questions around each example.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A handout with links to online reading and viewing will be made available, plus additional reading and viewing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Movies about the Movies, a 6 week course running from 3 November - 8 December, from 6-7.30pm.
For other film studies courses, look on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture and writing/film studies.
Ellen Cheshire is a freelance film writer and lecturer. She has written books on Ang Lee and Jane Campion for Supernova Books, and Bio-Pics for Wallflower Press, and Audrey Hepburn and The Coen Brothers for Oldcastle Books. She has contributed chapters to books on Charlie Chaplin, James Bond, War Movies, Fantasy Films, Counterculture, Silent Cinema and an A Level Film Text Book.
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.