The focus of this MA module is the close observation of particular films. Its aim is to improve the accuracy and penetration of your observations of textual detail and film style, to refine your ability to engage with detailed film criticism, and to enable you to test the insights of criticism against the textual detail of the films under discussion. Much of our work will focus on the practice of detailed film reading and will involve quite lengthy examinations of a small number of films. I think of this module as being equally available to those who have little experience of textual analysis, and those who wish to practise and deepen their skills. Compare it to learning to play the piano; you can be a beginner, a competent player, play well or play superlatively well. The module will involve lectures, presentations by students, and a 5,000 word assessed essay, the title of which can be developed in consultation with the module tutor.