Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 hour per week
Other Film viewing


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous assessment - You will be graded on the coursework you produce throughout the year, not through a final examination. You will have to submit 4 essays (1,250-1,500 words in length) throughout the course of the year, one essay per national cinema discussed. Three of these essays will count toward a full grade, and one essay will be considered formative *This does not mean that you should submit only three essays; for every essay that you fail to submit, there will be a 15% decline in your final grade i.e. failure to submit 1 essay - 15% deduction in your final grade; failure to submit 2 essays - 30% deduction in your final grade; failure to submit 3 essays - 45% deduction in your final grade  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Students will have a thorough grounding in the cultural history of film-making in Europe. They will be familiar with the political and social contexts in which these films were made, and they will have a good general knowledge of major film-makers. They will also have developed their skills in the field of comparative study.

Brief description

This module is intended for students who are interested in the film history and culture of Europe. The module provides an opportunity for students to learn about the development of film in Europe and in particular countries. Lectures will outline the major social and political changes which were influential in the making of these countries' films, and seminars will be of a comparative nature. A series of twelve film screening (with subtitles) will run parallel with the lectures, and all of the films will be available on the computer server for easy and repeated viewing by the students.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Millicent Marcus (1986) Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism Italian Version Princeton University Press Primo search Miriam Liehm (1984) Passion & Defiance. Film in Italy from 1942 to the present Italian Version Univ. of California Press Primo search
Recommended Text
A. Bazin What is cinema? Italian Version Univ. of California Press Primo search
Recommended Background
Agamben, Giorgio (1998) Image et Memoire French version Hoebeke Primo search Armes, Roy (1970) French Cinema since 1946 French Version Zwemmer Ltd Primo search Bondanella, Peter (1982) Italian cinema from Neorealism to the Present Frederick Ungar Frederick Ungar Primo search Braudy, Leo (ed) (1992) Film Theory and Criticism Oxford University Press Primo search Brown, Royal Focus on Godard French Version Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall Primo search Cook, David (1996) A History of Narrative Film USA: W W Norton Press Primo search Debord, Guy (1999) In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni French Version Gallimard Primo search Debord, Guy (1992) La societé du spectacle French version Gallimard Primo search Dryer, R & Vincendeau, G, (eds) (1992) Popular European Cinema Routledge Primo search Durgnat, Raymond (1963) Nouvelle Vague: The First Decade French Version London: Motion Publications Primo search Edwards, Gwynne (1995) Indecent Exposures London: Marion Boyars Primo search Edwards, Gwynne (1982) The Discreet Art of Luis Buñuel Marion Boyars Primo search Eisner, Lotte H (1973) The Haunted Screen German version Oxford Primo search Elsaesser, Thomas (1989) New German Cinema German Version New Brunswick Primo search Forbes, Jill (1989) The Cinema in France French Version Routledge Primo search Frodon, Jean-Michel (1995) L'Age Moderne du cinema français French Version Flammarion Primo search Graham, Peter (ed) The New Wave: Critical Landmarks French version London: BFI Primo search Havard, Robert (2001) The Crucified Mind Tamesis Primo search Hayward, Susan (1993) French National Cinema French Version London: Routledge Primo search Hopewell, John (1986) Out of the Past: Spanish Cinema after Franco Spanish Version London: BFI Books Primo search Ibarz, Mercè (1999) Buñuel documental, 'Tierra sin pan' y sutiempo Zaragoza Primo search Jordan, Barry and Morgan-Tamosunas, Rikki (1998) Contemporary Spanish Cinema Manchester University Press Primo search Kinder, Marsha (1993) Blood Cinema. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University Press Primo search Kracauer, Siegfried (1947) From Caligari to Hitler German Version Princeton Primo search Manvell, Roger (1973) The Masterworks of German Cinema London Primo search Monaco, James (1976) The New Wave French Version New York: OUP Primo search Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey, (ed) (1996) The Oxford History of World Cinema Oxford University Press Primo search Sandford, John Chaos and Control in the Weimar Film German version pp. 311-23 German Life and Letters, 48 Primo search Sorlin, Pierre (1991) European Cinemas, European Societies 1939-1990 Routledge Primo search Sorlin, Pierre (1996) Italian National Cinema 1896-1996 London, Routledge Primo search Stone, Rob (2001) Inside Film: Spanish Cinema Longman Primo search Thompson, Kristin & Borwell, David (1994) Film History. An Introduction McGraw Hill Primo search Vincendeau, Ginette (ed) (1996) The Companion to French Cinema French Version London: BFI Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4