Film studies taster
Time: 10:45 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
Cinema is not only entertainment; it is the art and culture of our time. Hollywood, as one of the dominant film producing industries, has frequently remade films from other film producing nations. Detailed analysis of some of these remake pairings can provide fascinating insights, into cultural difference and national identity but it can also tell us a great deal about film aesthetics. We’re surrounded by moving images; studying film will give you the tools to understand and analyse them.
What will we cover?
There’s a reason why film has become one of the defining art forms of our generation, and created so many iconic images in pop culture. This course will explore how film fits into history and culture, consider the relationship between film and society, and look at different styles of filmmaking. By examining a number of remake pairings we will explore film’s formal properties, and look at questions of style and technique, including cinematography, editing, mise en scene, music and sound.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have a clearer idea of what is involved when studying film
- Demonstrate familiarity with some of the formal properties of film
- Discuss a range of key concepts in the study of film.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a taster: no previous background in film studies is expected. Anyone with an interest in film is welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Opening talk and a variety of film clips; group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You do not need to bring anything other than pen/paper and/or a digital device for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HF238 How to Read a Film: A Beginner's Guide to Cinema and HF324 Cultureplex Cine-Club, but also look for other courses in Film Studies at www.citylit.ac.uk/History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.
Dr. Paul Sutton is an independent film scholar who has taught Film Studies in UK higher education for over 25 years. His research covers psychoanalytic and film theory as well as Italian and French cinema and critical theory. He has published articles in journals such as Screen, French Studies and the Journal for Cultural Research. He is currently writing a psychoanalytic book on film spectatorship, Afterwardsness in Film, and has recently published work on television as a form of palliative care, and an assessment of the films of the Italian experimental filmmaker Ugo Nespolo.
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