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Film Criticism (FI 107)


Look closely. No, closer still. Let’s watch that again.

In this module, the text is king. We want to give you intensive practice in looking at and listening closely to film. Lectures will equip you with the technical and analytical vocabulary of textual analysis. In the discussion-based seminars that follow, you’ll get to practice using and applying these terms yourself in a supportive environment, building up your confidence and command of the terminology that will be your academic language for the next three years. Written work is designed to build you up to a point where you can create your own reasoned and carefully argued interpretations of film texts. We’ll set readings each week that introduce you to the best of critical scholarship, and get you to begin to evaluate and reflect upon other accounts and interpretations of film.

We think it’s really important that you are exposed to a variety of films from different times, in different styles and from different nations. Each year, we carefully choose our film screenings to offer you the chance to experience and compare different approaches to the expressive use of film form and mise-en-scène. We want you to be able to examine, in detail, the ways in which stylistic choices create meaning and affect interpretation.

Class Location and Time

Thursday 15.00 -18.00 A0.28 First Screening
Friday 09.00 - 10.00 A0.28 Lecture
  10.00 - 12.00 A0.28 Second Screening

Friday 12.00 - 13.00 A1.28 Seminar
  13.00 - 14.00 A1.28 Seminar
  14.00 - 15.00 A1.27 Seminar


Essay: 1 x 1,500 words 30%

Essay: 1 x 1,500 words 30%

Examination: 2 hours 40%