What is the course about?
How is film stardom created? Who creates it and what for? These are the underlying questions behind reading the
images of film stars – especially stars who happen to be female. This course examines the working lives of five
women who exemplified the notion of screen stardom and acting.
What will we cover?
A range of international screen players: Greta Garbo,Anna Magnani, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Christie and
Isabelle Huppert – all of whom had influential careers. Each week we will consider the
career of one these great names of cinema, their cultural and historical context in relation to the art achieved.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-better understand the background and context of these uniformly and yet diverse international players
- further develop skills of analysis and interpretation to your own wider film going.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory level course aimed at building film appreciation skills but it is also suitable for all who enjoy viewing and discussing film. You will need the ability and willingness to view films carefully, discuss them and listen in an open and supportive way to the responses of others.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Extensive film extracts will be screened in the classroom to illustrate the work of each actor. Film analysis is achieved through large and small group discussion focusing on particular elements of each film extract, which is an essential part of our process. Hand-outs and written commentary to take away as well as recommended films and suggested further reading will be provided each week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and a notebook.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please look for other film courses under Film Studies, History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk.