Course detail

The Art of Interpreting Film 1

FaVU-TAIFAcad. year: 2020/2021

This year's edition will focus on Hollywood and European art house films from the 1940s to 1970s. We will cover the USA, France, and Czechoslovakia. Special focus will be on the political construction of gender reflected in the films themselves and in film theory of the 1970s to present. The course is by no means a survey course of the history of cinema, but it implicitly follows a chronological line.

Nabízen zahradničním studentům

Všech fakult

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)
Robert J. Corber: Cold War Femme. Lesbianism, National Identity, and Holywood Cinema. (EN)
Robert J. Corber: In the Name of National Security. Hitchcock, Homophobia, and (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. Hollywood melodrama, musical, and film noir of the 1940s and 1950. Alexander Dotty: Making Things Perfectly Queer.
2. Michael Powel and his Peeping Tom. Laura Mulvey - Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema. Jackie Stacey: Star Gazing.
3. Hollywood classical cinema of the 1950s: Hitchcock and homophobia. Marnie. Robert J. Corber: In the Name of National Security> Hithcock, Homophobia, and the Political Construction of Gender in Postwar America.
4. New Queer Cinema - 1990s, USA: Todd Haynes. Poison,Far from Heaven.
5. David Lynch and Mulholland Drive.
6. Yan Gonzales. Knife at Heart. Rubby B. Rich: New Queer Cinema - Director's Cut. Juett and Jones: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century.
7. Nicolas Roeg. The Man Who Fell to the Earth.
8. French New Wave and the Right Bank Films. Allain Ressnais and Marguerite Duras: Hiroshima Mon Amour.
9. Chantal Akerman: Jeanne Dilmann.
10. Ulrike Ottinger: Ticket of No Return, Freak Orlando. Judith Mayne: Women at the Keyhole.
11. Jean Luc Goddard. Vivre sa Vie or One or Two Things I Know About Her. Kovacs: Screening Modernism.
12. Michelangelo Antonioni: The Reporter.

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

Min. 75% attendance at the MS Teams videoconferences, active and relevant participation in discussions regarding the film + accompanying text assigned for the respective week. Apart from spoken discussion, short online writing during the videocinference (chat or some other written form).

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

  • Programme Master's

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

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer