Seminal films of the 1970s

Course Dates: 11/06/21 - 30/07/21
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Online
This course looks at some of the ground-breaking films of the 1970s, considering them not only as important works of cinema, but as part of the wider cultural and political shifts taking place in society. Drawing from Europe, Britain, Africa, Australia and America, it shows how filmmakers of the 1970s continued the explorations—aesthetic, political, personal—that took root in the previous decade.
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: HF211

Finished Fri, day, 11 Jun - 30 Jul '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The great films of the 1970s speak beyond the decade in which they were made. But they are also inescapably of their time, and as such reveal the concerns not only of the filmmakers but society at large. War was ever present, as was oppression, revolution and defiance, even if it was just one person standing up to another and choosing a different way of life. Artistic breakthroughs were frequent—and thrilling. All it took was a person with a movie camera and a unique way of seeing the world.

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?

- European arthouse cinema’s influence on American filmmakers.
- Road movies
- The emergence and impact of New German Cinema
- Women Filmmakers of the New American Cinema

Films to include (tbc):
Five Easy Pieces (1970); Wanda (1970);
Touki Bouki (1973)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Celine et Julie Go Boating (1974)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974);
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974);
Barry Lyndon (1975);
Killer of Sheep (1977);.

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

To identify the seminal films of the decade.
To broaden your knowledge of international cinema in the context of world events.
Have an understanding and critical appreciation of the key films of the decade.

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 two hour sessions over eight weeks.
Each class will feature a short lecture and 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.
There is no work outside of class except for some reading.

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 will be provided.

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

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

Mick McAloon

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.

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