- Code FILM2003
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying requirements for this course students will have gained:
- refinement of skills in analysing films as texts;
- an introduction to a body of films challenging the global dominance of Hollywood;
- an awareness of issues relating to national vis-a-vis transnational cinema movements, 'European' vs. 'local';
- insight into the interrelationship between film and history, in the European context.
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
Reading brick prepared by lecturer.
Galt, Rosalind, The new European cinema: redrawing the map
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