|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
To familiarise students with the historical scrutiny of cinema through the analysis of a selection of Hollywood films from the mid-1960s to the present, with special emphasis on whether and how the cinema of this period divides into distinct generations.
Week 1: Introduction / Continuity or Change?
Week 2: New Hollywood I
Film: The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
Week 3: How to Read a Film
Film: American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973)
Week 4: New New Hollywood
Film: Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
Week 5: The story of ‘Twentoeth-Century Fox Fanfare with Cinemascope Extension’
Film: Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
Week 6: The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded
Film: Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984)
Week 7: Amblin, and Why Robert Zemeckis explains Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Film: Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
Week 8: Remakes
Film: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg, 1989)
Week 9: Reagan, Cameron and the bomb
Film: True Lies (James Cameron, 1994)
Week 10: Remaking
Film: Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
Week 11: New New New Hollywood?
Film: Avatar (James Cameron, 2009)
Week 12 – Revision week
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||36:00||36:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||14||1:00||14:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||54:00||54:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||10||3:00||30:00||Film Screenings|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||34:00||34:00||N/A|
Lectures give students insight into the major debates concerning periodisation in recent Hollywood history, accompanied with examples from close readings of films. Seminars give students the opportunity to develop their skills at analysing film stylistics, and, by requiring students to collaboratively map filmic structures, enhance their individual ability to discern formal and thematic variation and consistency over time. Film screenings require students to watch the primary texts in an academic environment conducive to critical viewing, and present the films in theatrical scale.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
The submitted work format is particularly good for testing organizational, writing and research skills, and for allowing the in-depth analysis of primary texts that is necessary to an analysis of historical variation.
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