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National Cinemas (FI 204)


Film is a global medium, but different countries are often seen as having specific ‘national’ film cultures. It is not unusual to hear talk of a ‘British film’ or a ‘Japanese film’, but these terms are far more complex than they might initially seem. The very idea of a national cinema is itself an actively constructed category, and this module will draw upon the work on textual analysis and film history that you carried out in Year One to explore issues and concepts related to national and international film cultures.

In each term, you will undertake a detailed case study of a specific national cinema as a framework within which to explore wider concepts. Case studies are chosen based on staff research expertise, and in the past have included: Italian cinema, Brazilian cinema, global film culture, Swedish cinema, amongst others. Within this case study, you might explore issues such as:

  • the representation of national history
  • ideas of genre, realism and authorship
  • transnational circulation
  • definitions of national identity and questions of cultural specificity

Class Location and Time

 Monday 13.00 - 14.00 Lecture Room A0.28
  14.00 - 16.00 Screening Room A0.28
Tuesday 11.00 - 13.00 Seminars Rooms A1.25 and A1.24

Additional Screening
Room A1.25


Assessment: 2 x 3,000 word essays 60%

Examination: 2 questions in 2 hours 40%