Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Film Appreciation

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will use close critical analysis of specific filmic texts to create an awareness of the aesthetic qualities of film and to introduce students to some of the key concepts,terminology and polemics surrounding the production, distribution and critical analysis of films.

The course will delve into the following:
- Film authorship in the 21st century
- Contemporary European cinema
- The American New Wave and its impact today
- Psychoanalytic interpretations of contemporary film
- The rise of women’s cinema
- Postcolonial cinema
- Neorealist film.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- Further enhance students' skills in the appreciation and criticism of filmic texts;
- Equip students with the critical vocabulary of the major theoretical schools of thoughts including authorship, film genre, psychoanalytical film theory, feminist film theory, and world cinema;
- Give students the opportunity to study a variety of filmic texts and understand the contemporary trends prevalent in film across the globe.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Know the various interpretative schools in the study of film;
- Be fluent in the critical vocabulary of these various schools of thoughts;
- Critically assess films and the role of film in contemporary society;
- Conduct a close analysis of films from diverse regions.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Conduct a close analysis of filmic texts and demonstrate competence in writing critically about film;
- Understand, evaluate and interpret a film;
- Understand the current trends in today’s film industry.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Compulsory Texts:
- Braudy, L & Marshall, C. (eds). (2009). Film Theory and Criticism. Routledge: London.

Selected Filmography:
- The films of Kelly Reichardt
- Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde
- Terence Malick's Badlands
- Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island
- Jennifer Kent's Babadook
- Jane Campion's The Piano
- Sally Potter's Orlando
- Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire
- Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding
- Nicolaj Arcel's The Royal Affair
- Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop.

Selected supplementary Readings:
- Arnheim, R. (1957). Film as Art. (12th ed.). California: University of California Press.
- Bazin, A. (2005). What is Cinema Volumes 1&2. (H&Gray Trans & Ed). California: University of California Press, (originally published in 1967).
- Biskind, P. (1998). Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. London: Bloomsbury Press.
- Caughie, J. ((ed.). (1981). Theories of Authorship: A reader. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul/BFI.
- Corrigan, T. (2014). A Short Guide to Writing about Film. London: Longman.
- Corrigan, T. & White, P. (2012). The Film Experience: An Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- Perkinm, V.F. (1993). Film as Film: Understanding and Judging Movies. New York: Penguin Books (originally published in 1972).


ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite: Good command of the English language.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Rebecca Anastasi

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