Melodrama, Fantasy and Realism: British cinema in the 1940s

Course Dates: 21/05/22 - 28/05/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
The 1940s saw major developments in British films and filmmaking matched by record numbers of cinema-goers and lively critical debate. Explore this 'golden age' of British cinema through films such as Millions Like Us, Brief Encounter and The Red Shoes, and themes including national cinema, realism, melodrama and fantasy, while assessing its critical reception and impact on British film culture.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

Course Code: HF021

Sat, day, 21 May - 28 May '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

British cinema of the 1940s, its critical reception and the ways in which this has shaped the concept of British cinema. A full list of films featured will be provided at the start of the course. The tutor will provide notes to accompany the course and no prior reading is required though you may wish to consider the following: The British Cinema Book (3rd Edition) edited by Robert Murphy.

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?

• Developments in British cinema of the 1940s
• British cinema as a 'national' cinema
• Themes and concepts in British cinema of the 1940s (realism, melodrama and fantasy)
• Key films and filmmakers in British cinema of the 1940s
• Key critical debates around British cinema of the 1940s (the 'quality' film debate).

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

• Identify key areas of development in British cinema of the 1940s
• Describe and evaluate the concept of British cinema as a 'national' cinema
• Identify and evaluate a range of themes and concepts in British cinema - including realism, melodrama and fantasy
• Identify and evaluate key films and filmmakers in British cinema of the 1940s
• Assess key critical debates around British cinema of the 1940s - e.g., the 'quality' film debate.

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

The course is suitable for all levels and you do not require any particular skills - just an enthusiasm for film and discussing film. The course will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge in the subject area.

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

Screenings of extracts from films, talks by the tutor, reading materials, small and large group discussions. It might also be a good idea to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see the reading and films mentioned above) but this is not essential.

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

You will require a pen and paper (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials such as handouts. The tutor will show extracts from films and you do not have to obtain them.

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

Look for other film studies courses at, culture and writing/film studies.

Jon Wisbey

Jon Wisbey teaches film at City Lit and Morley College. He was for many years a committee member and vice-chair of Chelmsford Film Club, screening contemporary and classic world cinema releases. He has an MA in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. His teaching focuses on classical and post-classical Hollywood, European cinema, British cinema, film noir and horror cinema.

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.