European Cinema in Context: Transforming Images, States, Histories

Description

This course develops students' knowledge of European cinema as emanating from and playing out within particular social, cultural and political contexts, as well as more 'global' impacts and accounts, and the critical and theoretical debates pertaining thereto.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Locate European cinema within significant historical, social, political, and cultural contexts.

2. Apply different theories of representation, textual analysis and spectatorship to the analyses of particular films.

3. Differentiate between major examples of filmmaking in Europe when it comes to specific contexts and aesthetic modes, while also stressing the cross-cultural nature of European filmmaking and discourse.

4. Evaluate influential writings of different critics and film theorists as directly related to each week's primary film and topic.

5. Engage with and contribute to broad critical debates and scholarship by making use of relevant secondary films & literature.

Content

Topics may include the following:

  1. the study of representative and influential films from a number of European countries;
  2. films addressed as complex technological, industrial, aesthetic and culturally important representational systems;
  3. theoretical, analytical and historically-informed approaches particularly applicable to European cinema and emerging in response thereto;
  4. the changing interface between national, regional and global cinemas in the context of European nation-states & the EU;
  5. a consideration of long-held discourses and debates around the European film director as paradigmatic 'art cinema' author; and
  6. the developed study of important European film 'movements' such as the French new wave, Italian Neorealism, New West-)German cinema, Dogme 95, etc.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units in FILM at 1000 level.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Film Analysis

Essay: Major Essay

Journal: Weekly Journal

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Laboratory (screening/sound session)from week 1. A seminar combines lecture material and group discussion.

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term