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Course Overview

The second half of a film history sequence at the second year level, Cinema & Revolution focuses on crucial moments, concepts and cinematic works from the period between 1945 and the present. Students will be marked according to a mid-term essay, a final exam, short assignments on Blackboard, and participation and attendance in lectures and tutorials. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Alan Marcus

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of FS1006 Introduction to Film and the Cinematic Experience (Passed) or FS1008 Introduction to Visual Culture (Passed) or FS1505 Introduction to Film and the Cinematic Experience (Passed) or FS1506 Introduction to Visual Culture (Passed) or FS1508 Introduction to Film and the Cinematic Experience (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FS2505 Cinema and Crisis (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This survey course introduces students to a selected constellation of significant visual and textual sites from the second fifty years of film practice. This course examines how cinema has responded to social, political and aesthetic revolutions in the second half of the twentieth century. Examples of the kinds of cinema to be discussed may include New Wave film-making in Europe , New Hollywood, Soviet and Eastern European cinema, national and third cinemas, the growth of new media.

Each week explores a different historical moment and a set of key film-theoretical concepts. Students will acquire not only a knowledge of these specific historical sites, but also a facility with critical and comparative thinking. The course aims to teach the students how to move between film practice, film history, and film theory to analyze the ways in which the moving image makes meaning. We will treat film as a product of the industrial age, as an element of urban culture, and as a means of imaginary transportation.

Further Information & Notes

This is a compulsory course for entry into the Honours Film and Visual Culture programme.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 3-day take-away exam (50%). In-course assessment: one 2,000 word essay (40%) and tutorial assessment (10%).

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

Formative Assessment

Short writing assignments (including responses papers) will be submitted and discussed in tutorial groups.


Written and/or oral feedback will be offered on short tutorial assignments (see above) and essays.

Course Learning Outcomes


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