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FILM4113: What is Cinema Studies?

Many scholars take Andre Bazin's four-volume work--Qu'est-ce que le cinema?--as the moment of inauguration for the critical project of film studies. Echoing Bazin's famous question, this seminar investigates what it means to take cinema as a scholarly object. Covering materials from early cinema to post-cinema, this seminar is organised around a series of mutually informing concepts that have structured film studies scholarship: disciplinarity, temporality, realism, indexicality, sound, spectatorship and digitality.

Code FILM4113
Academic unit Film Studies
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyze and critically interrogate the dominant theoretical and methodological paradigms brought to bear on the discipline of film studies
  • LO2. engage in depth with the work of leading contemporary modern and classical filmmakers
  • LO3. assess the current terrain of film studies, drawing on formalist, aesthetic, and cultural approaches to the study of cinema
  • LO4. provide the conceptual and methodological foundation for further research practice.