Media and film studies

Issues in European Cinema A

Module code: P3055
Level 4
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Film, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module explores key critical inquiries which have become central to Film Studies as a discipline (realism, national cinema, popular genres, authorship, and ‘alternative’ or experimental film styles), through an engagement with examples of European cinema from the 1920s to the early 1960s. Using a series of case studies, you will learn to situate film texts according to their historical, cultural, and social contexts, in addition to relevant theoretical debates. Topics may include: German expressionism, surrealism, Soviet montage, the ‘enhanced’ realisms of Italian and British film movements in the postwar years, the French New Wave, and popular genres in European cinema.

Module learning outcomes

  • Show some understanding of different approaches and critical debates in the field, at an introductory level.
  • Summarise and explain the aesthetic and historical significance of one film mode or movement studied on the course, at an introductory level.
  • Integrate critical sources in the analysis of film, at an introductory level.
  • Trace some connections between film texts and their wider (historical, industrial, cultural, or social) contexts, at an introductory level.
  • Demonstrate appropriate introductory level skills in written work.