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Film History: 1930-1960

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Module description

Film History: 1930-1960 surveys the international developments of the film medium and the film industry from the introduction of sound in the late 1920s through WWII and into the postwar era up to the late 1950s, covering key technological, textual and institutional developments and tying these together with the broader cultural and social context in which films were made, exhibited, and understood. Students will gain understanding of the style, content, industrial organisation, and production and marketing strategies of a range of national cinemas. Special emphasis will be given to questions about realism, formal experimentation, entertainment and politics in filmmaking of this period.

Assessment details

  • Participation [leading seminar discussion / advance questions] (10%)
  • Essay 1 (1000 words) OR video essay (max. 2 minutes) with accompanying written critical reflection (500 words) (30%)
  • Essay 2 (2000 words) OR video essay (max. 3 minutes) with accompanying written critical reflection (1000 words) (60%)