Film Theory and Appreciation

This is a popular yearlong course that consists of three distinct parts covering key films from Europe, Asia and America/Hollywood. Each term has a different theme: Including CinEuropa, World Cinema, and American Indiewood (Independent Cinema).

In this course, we will compare and contrast two films per week which students are invited to watch prior to class (available to stream/rent for viewing on YouTube and other platforms).
All sessions will start with a socio-historical contextualization of these films, their countries, directors and stars (in a brief Power Point lecture) followed by detailed, in depth and fun discussions in small groups as well as within the whole class.
*****No prior knowledge is required, but all enthusiastic film fans are welcome! *****

Course Content

Term 1- CinEuropa - the Best of European Cinema
introduces you to European cinema with a consideration of key films in several countries, including (but not restricted to) France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, Belgium, the Netherlands and the former Soviet Bloc.

Term 2- World Cinema - East Asian Cinema
This second part of the Film Appreciation course will introduce you to the wide ranging and diverse nature of Asian cinemas, focusing on case studies from Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. In the context of these countries history, we will address questions of national and cultural identity, gender and social relations,

Term 3 - American Indiewood -
In this final part of the Film Appreciation Course, we will discuss key examples of American Independent cinema, focusing on how it has -over time - defined itself against the Hollywood mainstream, as well as closely analyse the filmic styles and aesthetic preferences of their individual directors.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

No previous knowledge required - just enthusiasm for film!