London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Cinema
Queen Mary, University of London
Area of Study
Film Studies, History, Media Studies
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This module examines the representation of London in films made from the 1920s to the present. It explores the social and cultural forces that have given rise to changing views of the city over time, as well as the diversity of 'Londons' that may arise within a single time period. Through analysis of films including Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929) and Sabotage (1937), wartime propaganda films such as London Can Take It! (1940), the Swinging London films Alfie (1966) and Blow-Up (1967), and horrific visions of London in An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the module investigates how the city has been imagined, and what meanings it has embodied, in a wide variety of genres and time periods.
Assessment: 50.0% Practical, 50.0% Coursework
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