Introduction To Film Studies: Contexts
King's College London
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis module follows on from Introduction to Film Studies: Forms in Semester One. Building on that module's focus on the film texts, its specific properties and how to analyse them, this module turns its attention to the contexts in which films are produced and received. It does so by asking and problematising a question raised by André Bazin: 'What is Cinema?".The first half of this module tackles this question by examining issues including cinema ontology, historiography, classical Hollywood (industry and narratology) and authorship. The second half investigates into the relationship between the self and the other in the cinema in discourses such as national cinemas, postcolonialism, inter- and intra-regional co-productions and imaginations, gender, sexuality and stardom, as well as race and ethnicity.
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