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FILM AND VISUAL CULTURE

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FS 2003
CINEMA AND MODERNITY
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr S Ward

Pre-requisite(s): FS 1506.

Note(s): This is a compulsory course for entry into the Honours Film and Visual Culture programme.

This survey course introduces students to a selected constellation of significant visual and textual sites from the first fifty years of film practice, including the 'attractions' of early cinema, the rise of Hollywood and the studio star, the kino-eye of city cinema, and the cinematic aftermath of WWII. Each week, we will explore a different historical moment and a set of key film-theoretical concepts, looking at how film intersects with modernity. Students will acquire not only a knowledge of these specific historical sites, but also a facility with critical and comparative thinking. Students will learn to move between film practice, film history, and film theory to analyze the ways in which the moving image makes meaning.

2 one-hour lectures, 1 one-hour tutorial per week, and 1 three-hour screening.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%). In-course assessment: one 1,500-2,000 word essay (40%) and tutorial assessment (10%).

Resit:1 two-hour written examination (100%).