N.B. This course is not running in 2021
The course is an introduction to Film Studies with a particular focus on cinema in London. It will introduce students to broader aspects of Film Studies, including key moments and movements in cinema history, film production and the studio system, genre, film style and film adaptation.
Students will discover and investigate key themes, debates and filmmaking strategies through lecture and seminar discussions of a wide range of films (in the form of clips and extracts) from early London Hitchcock to post-2000 crime and James Bond films.
There will also be screenings of a total of five feature films during the course
The following are some of the areas we will explore:
- Key film theorists from Bazin to Deleuze
- Hitchcock’s pioneering film Blackmail and the transition from silent to sound film
- The cinema of ‘swinging 60’s’ London
- Literature on film: Shakespeare, Austen and Dickens
- The crime-detective genre from Sherlock Holmes to Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- London: the global and the local, from Notting Hill to Harry Potter
- Iconic films of Ken Loach, Michelangelo Antonioni, Roman Polanski and Stephen Frears
The course also includes a tour of London film locations and a visit to either one of the London film studios or the British Film Institute (BFI).
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English language recommendations for students choosing subject courses: Students will need at least an intermediate level of English in order to understand the lectures, which are delivered at undergraduate level, and to engage in lively discussion in the seminars and tutorials. See our brochure for further details of appropriate language test scores.