Checking date: 16/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Moving image history
Study: Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (211)

Coordinating teacher: ZAHEDI NADERI, FARSHAD

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


1. Knowledge of the development and evolution of the audiovisual media (cinema, television, video) through its history. 2. Knowledge of the historical context of the audiovisual processes and their relevance for the understanding of the contemporary panorama. 3. Ability to distinguish with precision the connections and influences between the diverse audiovisual practices, according to its historical, social and cultural context. 4. Ability to analyze and interpret the audiovisual products with a global, integrated perspective.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Historiographical perspectives 2. Articulation of the cinematographic language 3. Silent cinema Golden age 4. Studio system to New Hollywood 5. Neorrealism and the crisis of classic language 6. The new waves 7. Peripheric cinemas 8. Avant-garde cinema 9. Non fiction cinema 10. Technology and aesthetics: film in the audiovisual era 11. Video and videoarte 12. Television in USA 13. Television in Europe
Learning activities and methodology
1. Lectures. Acquisition of knowledge about the historical evolution of the audiovisual media and its relevance for the understanding of the contemporary panorama. Competences 1 and 2 (1,5 ECTS) 2. Practical classes Analysis and commentary of classic works in the history of audiovisual media. Competences 3 and 4 (1 ECTS) 3. Student work Tutored work of theoretical-practical materials. Competences 1, 2 and 3 (1,5 ECTS) Individual essay about specific issues regarding some of the historical problems presented in the class. Competence 4 (2 ECTS)
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • BARSAM, RICHARD M.. Non Fiction Film. A Critical History. Indiana UP. 1992
  • BORDWELL, David; THOMPSON, Kristin. Film History. An Introduction . McGraw Hill, 2nd edition . 2003
  • COOK, David A. A History of Narrative Film. Norton. 1996
  • NOWELL-SMITH, Geoffrey (ed.) . The Oxford history of world cinema.. Oxford University Press . 1998
  • REES, A. L.. History of Experimental Film and Video. BFI. 1999
  • SHAW, JEFFREY; WEIBEL, PETER. Future Cinema. The Cinematic Imaginary After Film. ZKM-MIT Press. 2003
Additional Bibliography
  • GOMERY, DOUGLAS. The Hollywood Studio System. BFI. 1986
  • HARPOLE, CHARLES (general editor). History of the American Cinema. . Berkeley, Univ. of California Press. 10 volumes, 1990
  • HILMES, Michele; JACOBS, Jason (eds.). The Television History Book. BFI. 2003
  • JAMES, DAVID A. Allegories of Cinema . Princeton UP. 1989
  • KING, JOHN. Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America. Verso. 2000
  • MEIGH-ANDREWS, CHRIS. A History of Video Art. Oxford, Berg. 2006
  • WEINRICHTER, ANTONIO (ed.). Doc. Documentarism in the 21st Century. San Sebastián, Festival Internacional de Cine. 2010

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.