Module Identifier EL10520  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew J Hussey  
Semester Intended for use in future years (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Dr Andrew J Hussey, Mr Adriano Vincentelli  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours Seminar.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: (4 assessed essays of a comparative nature [1,000-1500 words each])100%
Supplementary Exam3 Hours (3 essays of a comparative nature)  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, thereby allowing students to develop and express their own understanding of European film in the production of a dossier which will be submitted as part of their continuous assessment. A series of twelve film screening (with subtitles) will run parallel with thelectures, and all of thefilms will be available on the computer server for easy and repeated viewing by the students. Second and third year modules in Spanish, French and German cinema already complement this module, though the introduction of this module will also prompt the restructuring of those modules (and the gradual introduction of others) in the creation of a newdegree scheme in European Film Studies that will most likely be complemented by studies in languages and/or theoretical film studies.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
Agamben, Giorgio (1998) Image et Memoire (French) Hoebeke
Debord, Guy (1992) La societe du spectacle (French) Gallimard
Debord, Guy (1999) In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (French) Gallimard
Armes, Roy (1970) French Cinema since 1946 (French) Zwemmer Ltd
Brown, Royal Focus on Godard (French) Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall
Durgnat, Raymond Nouvelle Vague: The First Decade (French) London: Motion Publications
Graham, Peter (ed) The New Wave: Critical Landmarks (French) London: BFI
Hayward, Susan (1993) French National Cinema (French) London: Routledge
Monaco, James (1976) The New Wave (French) New York: OUP
Vincendeau, Ginette (eds) (1996) The Companion to French Cinema (French) London: BFI
Cook, David (1996) A History of Narrative Film USA: W W Norton Press
Ed. Braudy, Leo (1992) Film Theory and Criticism Oxford University Press
Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey; Hay, James; Volpi, Gianni (1996) The Companion to Italian Cinema (Italian) Cassell & the British Film Institute
Bordwell, David (1993) The Cinema of Eisenstein (Soviet) Cambridge: Harvard UP
Isenstein, Sergei (1949, 1977) Film Form. Jay Leyda tran. (Soviet) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Kenez, Peter (1992) Cinema and Soviet Society 1917-1953 Cambridge: Harvard UP
Leyda, Jay (1973) Kino: A History of Rusiian and Soviet Film (Soviet) London: Unwin
Pudovkin, Vsevolod Film Technique and Film Acting (Soviet) London: Vision Press
Taylor, Richard; Christie, Ian (eds) (1988) The Film Factory: Rusiian and Soviet Cinema in Documents: 1896-1939 (Soviet) London: RKP
Youngblood, Denise (1991) Soviet Cinema in the Silent Era, 1918-1935 (Soviet) Austin: U of Texas P
Ed. R Dryer & G Vincendeau (1992) Popular European Cinema Routledge
Ed. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (1996) The Oxford History of World Cinema Oxford University Press
Thompson, Kristin & Borwell, David (1994) Film History. An Introduction McGraw Hill
Sorlin, Pierre (1991) European Cinemas, European Societies 1939-1990 Routledge
Frodon, Jean-Michel (1995) L'Age Moderne du cinema francais (French) Flammarion
Forbes, Jill (1989) The Cinema in France (French) Routledge
Edwards, Gwynne (1995) Indecent Exposures London: Marion Boyars
Kinder, Marsha (1993) Blood Cinema. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University Press
Hopewell, John (1986) Out of the Past: Spanish Cinema after Franco (Spanish) London: BFI Books
Jordan, Barry and Morgan-Tamosunas, Rikki (1998) Contemporary Spanish Cinema Manchester University Press
Stone, Rob (2001) Inside Film: Spanish Cinema Longman
Eisner, Lotte H (1973) The Haunted Screen (German) Oxford
Elsaesser, Thomas (1989) New German Cinema (German) New Brunswick
Kracauer, Siegfried (1947) From Caligari to Hitler (German) Princeton
Manvell, Roger (1973) The Masterworks of German Cinema London
Sandford, John Chaos and Control in the Weimar Film (German) pp. 311-23 German Life and Letters, 48
Sorlin, Pierre (1996) Italian National Cinema 1896-1996 London, Routledge


This module is at CQFW Level 4