Checking date: 22/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

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


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication and Media Studies

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Students are expected to have completed 'Moving Image History' and 'Reading Moving Image'.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
1-Competence to understand and analyse cinema from an academic perspective. 2-A broad knowledge of the main film theories and methodologies. 3-Competence to apply the different theories and methodologies in film analysis and research. 4-Competence to research the field of film studies and understand its problematics.
Description of contents: programme
1-What is cinema? Introduction and basic concepts. 1.1-Ways of understanding Cinema. Industry, Institution, Culture, Aesthetic. 1.2-Film Modes and Worlds: Documentary, Experimental and Fiction. 1.3-Development of film theories. 1.4-Film studies as a discipline. 2-Realism and Auteur Cinema. 2.1-The problem of realism: Aristarco, Bazin, Kracauer. 2.2-New realisms: from frame to pixel. 2.3-Film's vindications: auteur cinema and Third Cinema. Art and Politics. 3-Formalism and Textual Analysis. 3.1-Russian Formalism: Vertov, Eisenstein. 3.2-Textual passion and film as a language: semiotics and structuralism. 3.3-The post-stucturalist reform. 4-Identity Politics and Reception Theories. 4.1-Feminism and gender studies. 4.2-Cultural studies, multicultural phenomena. 4.3-Visionary pleasures. Reception and fandom.
Learning activities and methodology
1-Lectures Theoretical classes that give the student a notion about the different film theories. 2-Practices Case studies. 3-Student work Writing of an essay supervised by the professor. 4-Midterm exam
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • CHURCH GIBSON, Pamela and HILL, John (eds.).. Film Studies: critical approaches.. Oxford University Press. 2000
  • CORRIGAN, Timothy. A short guide to writing about film. Longman. 2010
  • DAVIS, Glyn; DICKINSON, Kay; PATTI, Lisa; VILLAREJO, Amy. . Film Studies: A Global Introduction. Routledge. 2015
  • ELSAESSER, Thomas y HAGENER, Malte. Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses. Routledge. 2009
  • McDONALD, Kevin. Film Theory: The Basics. Routledge. 2016
Additional Bibliography
  • BORDWELL, David y CARROLL, Nöel (eds.).. Post-theory. Reconstructing film studies.. University of Wisconsin Press. 1996
  • BRAUDY, Leo y COHEN, Marshall (eds.).. Film Theory and Criticism. Introductory Readings.. Oxford University Press. 2009
  • CHURCH GIBSON, Pamela y HILL, John (eds.).. Film Studies: critical approaches. Oxford University Press. 2000
  • ELSAESSER, Thomas y HAGENER, Malte. Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses.. Routledge.. 2009
  • GLEDHILL, Christine y WILLIAMS, Linda (eds.). Reinventing Film Studies. Oxford University Press. 2000
  • GRIEVESON, Lee y WASSON, Haidee (eds.).. Inventing Film Studies. Duke University Press.. 2008
  • MILLER, Toby y STAM, Robert (eds).. Film and theory. An anthology. Blackwell Publishers. 2000
  • MILLER, Toby y STAM, Robert (eds.).. A Companion to Film Theory. Blackwell Publishers. 2004
  • NICHOLS, Bill. Engaging Cinema. An Introduction to Film Studies. W.W. Norton.. 2010
  • NICHOLS, Bill (ed.).. Movies and Methods. Volume 2. University of California Press. 1985
  • POLAN, Dana. Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film. University of California Press. 2007
  • RODOWICK, D. N.. The Virtual Life of Film. Harvard University Press. 2007
  • SITNEY, P. Adams (ed.).. The Avant-Garde Film. A Reader of Theory and Criticism. Anthology Film Archives. 1987.
  • WASSON, Haidee. Museum movies: The Museum of Modern Art and the birth of art cinema. University of California Press. 2005
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