Module Identifier EL10520  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew J Hussey  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Gregory M Moore, Dr Heather M Williams, Professor Robert G Havard  
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 [1,000-1,500 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 the lectures, and all of the films will be available on the computer server for easy and repeated viewing by the students.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
A. Bazin (Italian) What is cinema? Univ. of California Press
Pierre Sorlin (Italian) (1996) Italian National Cinema 1896-1996 Routledge
** Essential Reading
Millicent Marcus (Italian) (1986) Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism Princeton University Press
Miriam Liehm (Italian) (1984) Passion & Defiance. Film in Italy from 1942 to the present Univ. of California Press
** Recommended Background
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
Kinder, Marsha (1993) Blood Cinema. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University Press
Edwards, Gwynne (1995) Indecent Exposures London: Marion Boyars
Forbes, Jill (1989) The Cinema in France (French) Routledge
Frodon, Jean-Michel (1995) L'Age Moderne du cinema francais (French) Flammarion
Sorlin, Pierre (1991) European Cinemas, European Societies 1939-1990 Routledge
Thompson, Kristin & Borwell, David (1994) Film History. An Introduction McGraw Hill
Ed. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (1996) The Oxford History of World Cinema Oxford University Press
Ed. R Dryer & G Vincendeau (1992) Popular European Cinema Routledge
Bondanella Peter (1982) Italian cinema from Neorealism to the Present Frederick Ungar Frederick Ungar
Agamben, Giorgio (1998) Image et Memoire (French) Hoebeke
Sorlin, Pierre (1996) Italian National Cinema 1896-1996 London, Routledge
Sandford, John Chaos and Control in the Weimar Film (German) pp. 311-23 German Life and Letters, 48
Manvell, Roger (1973) The Masterworks of German Cinema London
Kracauer, Siegfried (1947) From Caligari to Hitler (German) Princeton
Elsaesser, Thomas (1989) New German Cinema (German) New Brunswick
Eisner, Lotte H (1973) The Haunted Screen (German) Oxford
Stone, Rob (2001) Inside Film: Spanish Cinema Longman
Jordan, Barry and Morgan-Tamosunas, Rikki (1998) Contemporary Spanish Cinema Manchester University Press
Hopewell, John (1986) Out of the Past: Spanish Cinema after Franco (Spanish) London: BFI Books
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
Braudy, Leo (ed) (1992) Film Theory and Criticism Oxford University Press
Edwards, Gwynne (1982) The Discreet Art of Luis Buñuel Marion Boyars
Havard, Robert (2001) The Crucified Mind Tamesis
Ibarz, Mercè (1999) Buñel documental, 'Tierra sin pan' y sutiempo Zaragoza


This module is at CQFW Level 4