Nostalgia Cinema: the return of the 50s and 80s

Course Dates: 28/06/22 - 02/08/22
Time: 19:45 - 21:30
Location: Online
In the 1970s, nostalgia became commercialised. Most notably, cinema looked to the fifties for material. This cinematic version of the era has a recognisable aesthetic. This course looks at how and why the past is recalled in cinema. Additionally, the course discusses the theory of nostalgia and how it changed throughout the 20th century.
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: HF209

Started Tue, eve, 28 Jun - 02 Aug '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course will explore theories of nostalgia to examine the return of certain eras in film and television. It will start by analysing the representation of the fifties in the 1970s through to the 1990s. In particular, it will look at depictions of the suburbs, populuxe and juvenile delinquency. Noting how there is a difference between an era and a decade, the course will examine stylistic choices in mise-en-scene and narrative. The course will also analyse the recent eighties nostalgia in film and television, drawing parallels and differences with fifties nostalgia.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The development of nostalgia
• The era of the fifties
• Style and narrative in nostalgia cinema
• The cultural conditions which shape cinematic nostalgia.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• List key films which feature nostalgic versions of the fifties and eighties
• Explain why certain topics, movies and stars are central to the discussion of nostalgia.
• Analyse nostalgia in key film sequences.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. No prior knowledge is necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lecture, screenings, and discussion along with materials for further reading/research.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There no other costs. Bring a pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

For other Film Studies courses please see our website at, culture & writing/film studies.

Ann-Marie Fleming

Ann-Marie Fleming received her PhD in Film Studies from The University of Kent in 2019. She has taught multiple film courses on film history, style, and theory. She has published two articles in the Celebrity Studies Journal and a book chapter in Star Attractions, Twentieth-Century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom.

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