Approaches to Cinema

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Approaches to Cinema

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    Adopting a broadly chronological approach, this module will concentrate on developing
    an understanding of the formal and technical aspects of the medium through an analysis
    of the emergence of film style, as well as introduce students to the issues and debates
    that have shaped Film Studies as an academic discipline.
    The intention is to provide students with a clear and comprehensive grounding in some
    key concepts that have been developed for the critical understanding of cinema and film.
    The course will explore such key formal elements as camerawork, editing, mise-en-scene
    and narrative as well as concepts such as genre, stardom, national cinema, context and
    audiences in relation to commercial and other film cultures.

    Autumn Semester topics:
    ? The Shot
    ? Camera Movement
    ? Classical editing
    ? Mise-en-scène
    ? Audiences
    ? Stars
    ? The Studio System
    ? Sound
    ? Narrative
    ? Genres

    Spring Semester topics:
    ? German Expressionism
    ? Soviet Montage
    ? Surrealism
    ? National cinema: Japan Kurosawa
    ? French Poetic Realism
    ? Italian Neorealism
    ? Auteurs/Art Cinema
    ? The French New Wave
    ? New German Cinema
    ? Cult cinema, taste, subversion
    ? European & World cinema: Globalisation

    Teaching: Weekly 2 hour film screenings, one hour lectures and 2 hour seminars

    1. Portfolio: may include a presentation, a textual analysis and an essay.
    STUDY OPTION 2 OR STUDY OPTION 3: 1,500 word essay.

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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