Masters of Cinema: the directors
Time: 19:45 - 21:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HF204
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
We explore the work of a select group of filmmakers, past and present: from European auteurs to the personal visions of a new generation of independent filmmakers. We will consider themes of influence and innovation, and how all of the filmmakers featured (and listed below) have used the medium not only as a means of personal expression but as a way to take cinema in new directions. Contained within this exploration is a mini-season of films about performance, acting, and the fluidity of identity.
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?
Directors / films include:
- Ingmar Bergman: Persona (1966)
- Josephine Decker: Madeline’s Madeline (2018)
- Michael Haneke: Hidden (2005)
- Todd Haynes: Carol (2015)
- Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
- Lucretia Martel: The Headless Woman (2008)
- Alice Rohrwacher: Happy as Lazzaro (2018)
- Céline Sciamma: Portrait of A Lady on Fire (2019).
- Andrei Tarkovsky: Mirror (1975)
- Chloé Zhao: The Rider (2017).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of some of cinema’s most innovative filmmakers.
- Identify the myriad connections and influences – aesthetic, thematic – in the films of all the directors featured.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to anyone with an interest in cinema and film history and 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 course will be delivered in 1hr 45 minute sessions over eight weeks.
Each class will feature a short lecture, film clips followed by an interactive discussion.
There will be weekly recommendations for further watching or reading around the subject for those that are interested.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs. Bring a pen and paper or tablet/device for note taking.
Links to recommended reading/viewing will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/film studies at www.citylit.ac.uk.
Mick McAloon has 18 years’ experience in cinema exhibition – running cinemas, programming events and film series. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including the books Movie Star Chronicles and 1001 Movies. Previously he was a Visiting Lecturer at Kingston University on the Media & Communications degree.
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.