Course detail

The Art of Interpreting Film 2

FaVU-TAIF2Acad. year: 2019/2020

Students will learn to look critically at a selection of films from the 70s and 80s through the prism of politics/ideology, gender, environmental issues, and the self-reflexivity of a medium/and an artist as a creator.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will look at examples of interpretation methods of film based on a particular thematic framework (politics/ideology, gender, environmental issues) not necessarily explicitely based on the narrative itself.

Prerequisites

None.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Fay, Jennifer. Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene. (CS)
Sobchack, Vivian. Screening Space: American Science Fiction Film. (CS)
Kuhn, Anette. Alien Zone. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course has a seminar form - discussion and a written reflection of assigned material in class is essential .

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. Politial film: Fassbinder.
2. political film: Copolla, Cimino.
3. Sci-fi: Nicolas Roeg, Ridley Scott.
4. Sci-fi: Cronenberg, Chytilová.
5. Horror film: De Palma.
6. Sci-fi and environmental crisis: Lynch, Scott
7. Horror film and politics/gender angst: Zulawski
8. Film and environmental crisis: western etc.
9. "indie 80s"
10. Post-modern cinema - blinking at the master: De Palma/Hitchcock
11. Post-modern cinema - the labyrinth of symbols: Greenaway

Aims

1. Cinefile 2. critical. Although the selection of the films might be subjective and not necessarily always canonical, one of the aims is to show students some noteworthy film production of the 70s and 80s (European and American film only). 2. Students will see the interpretation possibilities of the selected films through approaches which were often contemporary with the films themselves.

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

Attendance mandatory (two absences per semester).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUM Master'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

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

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