|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||Seminars 1 x 1 hour per week every other week (Students will be informed of their group allocations)|
|Other||Viewing sessions 10 x 2 hours-3 hours|
|Lecture||1 x 2 hour lecture per week|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Critical Essay 1 (1500 words)||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Critical essay 2 (4000 words)||60%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Examine and critically evaluate a range of Hollywood films from the 1970s onwards, addressing the relations between their textual form and the ways in which they were produced, distributed and exhibited.
Have an understanding of the historical, industrial, political and artistic contexts which have shaped the modern Hollywood film.
Draw critically upon a range of research and debate concerning the Hollywood system since the 1970s and its role in contemporary culture.
This module explores Hollywood cinema from the 1970s to the present era. It will investigate how modern Hollywood cinema has been constructed, consumed and critically analysed since the end of the Classical era. It will consider the Hollywood renaissance of the 1970s, the predominance of the Hollywood blockbuster, the rise of the independents within the Hollywood system, and recent filmmaking in the digital and post-9/11 age. The module will examine thematic, structural and aesthetic features of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, paying particular attention to the role of the director, political / cultural influences and franchise filmmaking.
Reading ListRecommended Background
Austin, Thomas & Martin Barker (eds.) (2003) Contemporary Hollywood Stardom London: Arnold Primo search Balio, Tino (1990) Hollywood in the Age of Television London: Unwin Hyman Primo search Cohan, Steven & Ina Rae Hark (1993) Screening the Male: Exploring Masculinities in Hollywood Cinema London: Routledge Primo search Evans, Peter & Celestino Deleyto (eds.) (1998) Terms of Endearment: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1980s and 1990s Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP Primo search Hillier, Jim (1994) The New Hollywood NY: Continuum Primo search Neale, Steve & Murray Smith (eds.) (1998) Contemporary Hollywood Cinema London: Routledge Primo search Ryan, Michael & Douglas Kellner (1998) Camera Politics: the Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film Bloomington: Indiana UP Primo search Thompson, Kristin (1999) Storytelling in the New Hollywood: Understanding Classical Narrative Technique Cambridge, Mass: Harvard UP Primo search Wasko, Janet (1994) Hollywood in the Information Age: Beyond the Silver Screen Oxford: Polity Press Primo search Wasser, Frederick (2001) Veni, Vidi, Video: the Hollywood Empire and the VCR Austin: University of Texas Press Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6