Course detail

The Art of Interpreting Film

FaVU-TAIFAcad. year: 2019/2020

1. Neorealism in Italy
2. French New Wave
3. Hollywood classical cinema of the 1950s
4. British social film of the 1960s
5. Hollywood Rennaissance of 1970s
6. 1960s in Czechoslowakia
7. 1970s in Poland
Rather than a survey, this course will provide sapmples of films from the mentioned periods and geographical locations.
We wil also read texts which will help students contextualite the developments of the national cinemas.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will improve their language and communication skills.
By studying theoretical articles about films they will be aware of the variety of interpretaion tools and strategies.
Students will widen their horizons in a discipline which is not customarily taught at a fine art faculty.
The course will cultivate students' critical and analytical abilities.
Students will be trained to understand the essential points of academic texts, but will at the same time learn to coherently voice their opinions and interpretations of a particular film/text in written form.
During the semester, students will write several short tests checking their reading progress.

Prerequisites

Students have to be able to read academic texts in English - the minimul recommened level is upper-intermediate and higher.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Bordwell and Thompson - Film History
Laura Mulvey - Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
Tania Modleski - Women Who Knew Too Much
Mast, Gerald - A SHort History of the Movies
Bordwell and Thompson: Film Art: An Introduction (EN)
Christine Ross: Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonisation and Reordering of French Culture. (EN)
Robin Wood: Hitchcok's Films Revisited (EN)
Erens, Patricia: Issues in Feminist Film Criticism (EN)
Sherman Frazer E. Screen Enemies of the Americans (EN)
Alexander Dotty: Making Things Perfectly Queer (EN)
András Bálint Kovács: Screening Modernism (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Film screenings, discussions, reading academic texts, tests.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Continuous assessment. Students will reflect the assigned reading and films in a written form of short, in-class response papers and a subsequent group discussion.

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Italian Neorealism
2. Hitchcock and Hollywood
3. French New Wave and Godard - new film language, the auter, film as a political pamphlet
4. French New Wave - Agnes Varda
5. Czechoslovak New Wave and Chytilová - film as a metaphor
5. Antonioni and the aesthetics of estrangement
7. Ingmar Bergman - Persona
8. American experimental film, body politics: Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, Barbara Hammer
9. French experimental film: Chantal Ackerman
10 - 11. Guest lectures: TV shows and Hollywood through queer reading

Aims

Students will be encouraged to improve their analytical and critical skills on the material of mostly european film classics from the 1950s - 1070s. Students should understand better the visual aspects of film - camera work, editing, the narrative subject vs the spectator, the open or hidden ideology behind the film, etc.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Seminar. Attendance sheet. Two absences are allowed.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme Bachelor's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective

  • Programme VUB Bachelor's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

eLearning