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FI203 - Silent Cinema

  • Module code: FI203
  • Module name: Silent Cinema
  • Department: Film and Television Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

During the Autumn Term this module will: Introduce some of the most important films, filmmakers and filmmaking trends from Europe and America between 1894 and 1916; Investigate social and cultural contexts with a defining influence on the evolution of the cinema; Familiarise students with theoretical concepts and historiographical models which will help them to discuss and analyse the products of early cinema as complex texts and to formulate hypotheses concerning the uneven development of representational practices and stylistic techniques. During the Spring Term the module will: Introduce students to major directors, stars, landmark films and important aesthetic developments in world cinema in the 1920s; Examine filmic representations of class and gender within particular moments of social upheaval and cultural crisis in this era; Familiarise students with the commercial structure of the international film industry in the 1920s and enable them to gain a sophisticated historical understanding of both Hollywood cinema in this decade and the first widespread rise of cinematic nationalism in response to the global hegemony of Hollywood after the end of World War One.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lectures, screenings and seminars.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: FI203-30)
A (Assessed work only) Essay 1 (3rd years only) 50%
  Essay 2 (3rd years only) 50%
B (Examination only) 3-hour examination (3rd yrs only) 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) Essay (3rd years only) 50%
  2hr exam (3rd years only) 50%
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Essay 1 - 3000 words (non-finalists) 30%
  Essay 2 - 3000 words (non-finalists) 30%
  2 hour examination (non-finalists) 40%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed visiting/exchange PART YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (with Study Abroad) (QW26) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with Film Studies (R1WA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3