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World Cinema

Overview

  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Jan Udris (subject to change)
  • Assessment: two essays of 3000 words (50% each)

Module description

This module introduces and explores some of the most influential and important film-making from parts of the world outside Europe and North America. It explores what is meant by 'World Cinema' through discussing their local context and the global markets in which these films circulate. It will analyse aspects of film form, including the rejection of established western conventions in film, by film-makers representing distinct film movements and cultural traditions. It also considers how films function both as entertainment/escapism and as cultural and social commentary in the context of different commercial and art distribution circuits.

Through case studies of African, Indian, Iranian, Latin-American film, it will consider how our understanding of cinema's development in the world can be facilitated by conceptual frameworks of national, transnational, intercontinental, regional and global spheres.

Teaching and learning involves a variety of methods including presentations, pair/group work, class discussions, screenings, independent study outside of class, and individual tutorials.

Indicative module content

  • Introduces some of the most influential and important film-making from parts of the world outside North America and Europe
  • Interprets film through theories of national and transnational cinema, Third Cinema and postcolonial theory
  • Explores aspects of film form in both national and transnational cinemas produced in different countries
  • Looks at the innovative aesthetics and themes of a wide range of film productions
  • Appraises established and new international film-makers representing distinct film practices and cultural traditions
  • Considers how films function both as entertainment and as cultural and social commentary