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Introduction to Cinema


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Hilary Smith (subject to change)
  • Assessment: four essays of 1500 words (25% each)

Module description

In this module, you will be introduced to a diversity of films and a variety of film-making practices and methods with which to analyse cinema. The module offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of film form, history and theory and to enhance your appreciation of cinema.

The first term focuses predominantly on American cinema, given its perceived dominance; in the second term the focus is widened to explore other cinema practices. To help focus study, this module is split into four interlinked sections (please see indicative content below).

Indicative module content

  • Film language: the creation and evolution of a dominant film language, and critical approaches regarding how this shapes our understanding of films
  • The studio system: the historical and industrial contexts of the Hollywood studio system and approaches to these areas within film studies
  • Film form: selected forms and movements within cinema history that provide alternatives to the classical Hollywood narrative
  • National cinemas: concepts of national cinemas through selected case studies