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European Cinema

Module Code: LN310
Module Name: European Cinema: Film Generations in Dialogue
Module Coordinator: Dr Douglas Morrey
Not Running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

This module aims to introduce students to the concept of European cinema as a specific mode of production and a historical set of aesthetic systems.

We will briefly survey key moments from the national cinema industries of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain to demonstrate how trends in filmmaking have reflected wider social trends in Europe in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and to draw parallels between different national contexts. In particular, we will focus on questions of conflict and memory, borders and migration, space and belonging, and generational continuity and rupture.

In the process, we will explore the ways in which specific audiovisual techniques are used in filmmaking to convey ideas and emotions.

In most weeks, we will watch two or more films in order to compare ideas and representations across periods, genres, or national boundaries.

Assessment method:

1 x 2000-2500-word essay (50%)


1 x 15-minute video essay (50%)