• 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

By closely studying a selected number of feature films which utilise artistic and art-historical references as part of their expressive strategies, the course aims to explore both the nature of visual representation, common to cinema and the visual arts, as well as the specific characteristics which distinguish cinema from other visual art forms such as painting. Films to be studied will include: Vincente Minnelli's An American in Paris, Derek Jarman's Caravaggio, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Decameron, Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrej Rublev, Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract, Orson Welles' F for Fake, and Raul Ruiz's Hypothesis of a Stolen Painting.

Learning Outcomes

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

In successfully completing this course students will acquire
  1. a strong appreciation of the visuality of cinema
  2. an extensive knowledge of the relationship between cinema and the visual arts
  3. the analytical skill to distinguish and characterise different artistic and cinematic styles
  4. an in-depth understanding of how filmmakers reference painting and other visual arts in their films
  5. the ability to carry out close analysis of cinematic texts

Indicative Assessment

•One tutorial presentation (10%); learning outcomes 1, 3, 5

•Two 2,000 word essays (45% each); learning outcomes 1,2,3,4, 5

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A 1-hour lecture, a 2-hour screening and a 1-hour tutorial/seminar per week. In addition students will be required to spend a further 6 hours per week reviewing films and reading supporting materials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Dalle Vacche, A., Cinema and Painting: How art is used in film, London: Athlone, 1996




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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
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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