Film Movements and Contexts

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Movements and Contexts

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course involves a critical exploration of several important stages in the history of cinema. These periods will be examined within a range of artistic, cultural, historical, material and/or theoretical contexts. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    Sutudents who successfully complete this course will acquire a broad knowledge of film history through attention to specific film movements (including Expressionism and Surrealism, Soviet Montage, the Hollywood studio system, Italian Neorealism, the Fresh New Wave) as well as as some key conceptual and thematic approaches to film studies (including national cinema, third cinema and fourth cinema, transnational cinema and digital technology). More generally, the course will also enhance the critical skills of students and will improve their proficiency at film analysis.
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. Identify and characterise stylistic and narrative features of cinema through attention to specific film movements and their contexts
    2. Articulate specific knowledge of core topics and their relationship to historical and theoretical frameworks
    3. Place cinematic features within wider processes of audio-visual culture
    4. Demonstrate a general understanding of critical terms and concepts relating to the chosen film movements
    5. Argue persuasively in written and oral form

    Tutorial Assignments- 15%
    Textual Analysis Essay- 30%
    Group Presentation- 20%
    Research Essay- 35%

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