Sofia Coppola - the cinema of liminality

Course Dates: 13/11/21 - 20/11/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
In this online film course we will deconstruct the complete filmography of American director Sofia Coppola, and the way in which her ambient sound design, muted colour palettes, and pared-down framing communicate remoteness, ambivalence, indulgence, and solitude.
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: HF255

Sat, day, 13 Nov - 20 Nov '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course is dedicated to Sofia Coppola’s cinematic artistry and unique ability to create liminal spaces. We will refer to concepts relating to melancholia, narcissism, feminine subjectivity, and the avoidant personality structure, to psychoanalytically interpret Coppola’s meditative auteurial vision. In the pandemic era of lockdown and quarantine, Coppola’s films feel very apropos, capturing the contemplative mood of loneliness where characters are at a turning point and in a state of uncertainty, as drastic change looms on the horizon.

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?

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Somewhere (2010)
The Bling Ring (2013)
The Beguiled (2017).

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

-Understand the relationship between psychoanalysis and cinema
-Learn film interpretation techniques to approach cinema in a deep and investigative way
-Discover the work of film directors that represent Freudian themes and motifs.

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

This course is open to all who enjoy watching and discussing film. An interest in film analysis is desirable.

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

Psychoanalytic terms will be taught in an inclusive, accessible and engaging way with the help of bespoke PowerPoint slides and video montages. Group discussion will be encouraged. There will be no assignments outside of class.

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

There are no additional costs. Material for taking notes will suffice during sessions.

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

Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies at

Mary Wild

Mary Wild is a film lecturer with an academic background in psychoanalytic theory. Her research interests include cinematic representation of identity, the unconscious, mental illness and auteur studies (e.g., Andrei Tarkovsky, Lars von Trier, and Fritz Lang). In addition to teaching at City Lit, Mary is a regular speaker at the Freud Museum and Hackney Picturehouse.

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.