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Contemporary European Cinema


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • ConvenorHilary Smith
  • Assessment: a 2000-2500-word essay (40%) and a 3000-3500-word essay (60%)

Module description

In this module we explore definitions, strategies and perceptions of contemporary European cinema. Through examination of selected aspects of the output of individual countries, we will consider possible connections between films and practices of different nations, identify routes on offer for contemporary filmmaking in Europe, and reflect on how 'European cinema' may be defined in an increasingly globalised and digitised world.

Consideration will also be given to the influence of past European film practice on the present, and to perceptions of the position of European cinema in relation to Hollywood.

Indicative syllabus

    • Identifying and analysing trends and practices of recent European filmmaking
    • Contextualising contemporary output within historical trends and practices of European cinema
    • Identifying and applying critical concepts to the study of contemporary European cinema

      Learning objectives

      By the end of this module, you will be able to identify:

      • ways in which these works can be described as ‘contemporary’
      • how they are defined or perceived as ‘European’
      • what kind of ‘cinema’ they represent aesthetically and in terms of their production context.