• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Film Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course examines how selected postwar European cinema movements and filmmakers have used film as a way to represent the past. The main focus is on issues - aesthetic, cultural and industrial - arising from the representation of history in film. Chronologically the course extends from a retrospective view of Stalinism in Burnt by the Sun to the present; it also includes films whose historical contexts are still of particular significance. The interplay between fact, fiction and memory foregrounds the role of film in creating or perpetuating cultural myths via historical themes. Discourses addressed include national identities, the aestheticisation of fascism and the limits of representation. The course will combine the symbolic dimension of (political) history with the social dimension of (film) art. In this it complements Postwar European Cinema: Films and Directors (FILM2004).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying requirements for this course students will have gained:

  1. refinement of skills in analysing films as texts;
  2. an introduction to a body of films challenging the global dominance of Hollywood;
  3. an awareness of issues relating to national vis-a-vis transnational cinema movements, 'European' vs. 'local';
  4. insight into the interrelationship between film and history, in the European context.


Indicative Assessment

One 1800-2000 word critical essay, due mid-semester, weighted 45%;learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

a second 2200 word critical essay, due end of semester, weighted 55%;learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

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One 1-hour lecture, one 1-hour tutorial and a 2-hour film screening per week.

In addition students would be required to spend up to 6 hours per week reviewing films and doing tutorial and other supplementary reading.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of 1000 level courses.

Prescribed Texts

Reading brick prepared by lecturer.

Preliminary Reading

Galt, Rosalind, The new European cinema: redrawing the map

Assumed Knowledge

Students will be assumed to have a basic knowledge of film analysis and of film genres gained in FILM1002 and FILM1003.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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