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THINKING ABOUT FILM:ANALYSING FILMS AND THEORISTS

Category: Essay Writing

Coursework essay
Analyse ONE of the following films that you have studied on this module through reference to TWO of the critical perspectives (and associated thinkers) listed below:

FILMS:

1. La chute de la maison Usher / The Fall of the House of Usher (Jean Epstein, 1928, France, 66 min)
2. Alexander Nevsky (Sergei Eisenstein, 1938, Russia, 112 min)
3. Le journal d’un curé de campagne / Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, Fr., 1951, 110 min)
4. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria, 1966, 116 min)
5. Une vague nouvelle / A New Wave (28 min), episode 3B of Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1988-98, France, 4hr 27 min)
6. Sans toit ni loi / Vagabond (Agnès Varda, 1985, France, 105 min) – my choice !!!!
7. Roma, città aperta / Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1945, Italy, 100 min)

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES:

1. FILM AS A NEW SOURCE OF HISTORY (Boleslaw Matuszewski)
2. FILM AS A NEW ARTFORM (Ricciotto Canudo, Élie Faure, and Jean Epstein)
3. “VERTICAL MONTAGE” and “AUDIOVISUAL CINEMA” (Sergei Eisenstein)
4. REALIST FILM THEORY (André Bazin)
5. MARXIST/BRECHTIAN FILM THEORY (Jean-Louis Comolli and Jean Narboni)
6. AUDIOVISUAL THEORY AND CRITICISM (Jean-Luc Godard)
7. FEMINIST FILM THEORY (Laura Mulvey)
8. FILM PHILOSOPHY (Gilles Deleuze)
Essay should be carefully planned in advance, include a full bibliography, and be word-processed and double-spaced. The introduction should include a full statement of aims, and there should be a clear conclusion at the end. The film to be analysed should of course be watched numerous times.