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FILM1001 Introduction to Film 1: Hollywood

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the dominant mode of filmmaking: popular Hollywood. This module is primarily concerned with familiarising you with the basic principles of film form, narrative, style and methodologies of film criticism.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• encourage you to develop skills in film text analysis • enable you to develop foundational knowledge and skills in the study of Hollywood cinema as a film style and mode of production • introduce the salient critical debates and issues raised by the significant influence of Hollywood forms and styles of filmmaking

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the techniques of the analysis of film form and style
  • the basic stylistic features of The Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • the key issues and debates of film history and theory pertinent to Hollywood cinema such as representation and genre, authorship, stars, spectatorship and audiences
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • accurately summarise published arguments and reports
  • verbally present ideas informally to seminar
  • effectively research a topic or issue
  • construct a reasoned, well written argument based on research and analysis of texts
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • incorporate formal and stylistic analysis to challenge or test the theoretical positions covered on the course
  • demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history of Hollywood production from 1930-1959
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage with and apply critical methodologies covered in the module to produce a reasoned and convincing argument in written work

Syllabus

The module will focus on films produced by the Hollywood system in the years 1930-60. The first five weeks will be concerned with the basics of film language and techniques of textual analysis. The following weeks will focus on the critical issues of representation and genre, authorship, stars, spectatorship and audiences. Throughout the module important theoretical issues will be addressed and developed.

Special Features

Through lectures which cover the main issues of each week students are given the basis for seminar discussion. This is linked with the informal (unassessed) presentations given at the beginning of each seminar. Formal assessment (the first essay in week 6, the second in week 10 and the third in week 12) provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills and abilities in a graduated manner. As the module is primarily concerned with familiarising you with the basic principles of film form, narrative, style and methodologies of film criticism, this method of graduated assessment and informal assignments allows the opportunity to explore and develop areas of interest within a clearly defined set of topics. The emphasis on Hollywood provides students with a foundation for the study of more specialised modules which take as their basis the debates and issues raised by the significant influence of Hollywood forms and styles of filmmaking.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lecture • Screening • Seminar Learning activities include • Written Essays • Informal Presentation • Individual study Innovative or special features of this module ? This module has a progressive form of assessment. For the first essay you will work exclusively with the film text; you then work with critical arguments related to specific issues; and in the final essay write a longer essay which incorporates close film text analysis as a means of engaging and challenging the arguments associated with one or more critical position.

TypeHours
Teaching72
Independent Study228
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson (2007). Film Art: An Introduction. 

Pam Cook (ed.) (2007). The Cinema Book. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? advice on essay topics and plans ? guidance on oral presentations and feedback on performance

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 50%
Essay  (2000 words) 30%
Essay  (1500 words) 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (6500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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