London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Cinema

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Cinema

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, History, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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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

    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
    Level: 5

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