Module Identifier TF10610  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Martin Barker  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite TF10210 , FT10210  
Mutually Exclusive FT10610  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours  
  Practical   10 Hours 10 x 2 hour viewing sessions  
Assessment Essay   2,500 words   60%  
  Exam   2 Hours   40%  

Brief description


1. Introductory Lecture: Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bu?uel/Salvador Dali, 1929 Sp)
2. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949 UK)
3. On The Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954 US)
4. Xich Lo/Cyclo (Tran Anh Hung, 1995 Fr/Vietnam)
5. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931 US)
6. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949 UK)
7. Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson, 1987 UK)
8. Triumph des Willen/Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, 1934 WGer)
9. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963 US)
10.   Time of the Gypsies (Emir Kusturica, 1989 Yugoslavia)

A list of essential reading and reference texts is included. Additional reading for individual films will be available at the beginning of the academic year.


To provide an introduction to some of the key works in the history of cinema.
To offer a vocabulary of film classics to students in preparation for film modules in Part II.
To address: surrealism, art versus craftmanship, acting in cinema, film comedy, the role of comedy, spectacle, Magic Realism, genre, violence and homage.

No Additional Viewings will be required; the lectures and seminars will concentrate specifically on the course films.


Upon completion of this module, students should be able:

to identify key periods of film-making.
to examine the films in terms of the times in which they were made and how this context is reflected in the films themselves
discuss theories of film texts and theories of film production.

Reading Lists

** Reference Text
Cook, Pam. (1999) The Cinema Book. British Film Institute
PYM, John (ed). (1998) Time Out Film Guide. 1998. London
Thomas, N. The International Dictionary of Film and Film-Makers Volumes 1 - 4. 1991 & 1996. London: St James Press
Thompson, David. (1991) Biographical Dictionary of Film. London
** Essential Reading
Bordwell, D & Thompson, K. (1997) Film Art: An Introduction. London
Cook, D.A.. (1981) A History of Narrative Film. New York
Monaco, J. (2000) How to Read a Film: The Art, Technology, Language, History and Theories of Film and Media. 3rd. Oxford University Press
Nelmes. J. (1995) An Introduction to Film Studies. Routledge

Sight and Sound magazine. British Film Institute