Introduction to British Cinema

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to British Cinema

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    The module looks at some of the key films of the British cinema from the 1930s through to the 1950s, providing both a historical and critical overview of this rich period. While most of the films that will be screened during the module have been chosen as examples of the work of distinguished directors, room has also been made for films more squarely in the tradition of popular cinema. The aim is to provide an opportunity for the analysis of some of the characteristics of British national cinema, and to question some of the assumptions relating to that cinema, such as that it is too literary or theatrical. The chosen films will provide a focus for discussion in the seminars of such topics as British auteurs (e.g., Hitchcock), stars (e.g., James Mason), genre (e.g., the Gainsborough melodrama), form (e.g. the tensions between realist and expressionist approaches to film-making), censorship, the influence of the documentary tradition and the industry's links with theatre, broadcasting and the state.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 5

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