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Undergraduate reading list

You are advised to read at least two of the following books before starting your degree:

  • John Berger Ways of Seeing (Penguin, 1990)
  • Pam Cook and Mieke Bernink The Cinema Book (BFI, 1999)
  • John Gibbs Mise-en-Scène: Film Style and Interpretation (Wallflower Press, 2001)
  • Jostein Gripsrud Understanding Media Culture (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
  • Eric Hobsbawm Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991 (Abacus, 1995)
  • Sidney Lumet Making Movies (Bloomsbury, 1996)
  • Walter Murch In the Blink Of An Eye – A perspective of Film editiing (Silman James Press 1995)
  • A.L. Rees A History of Experimental Film and Video (BFI, 1999)
  • Deborah Thomas Reading Hollywood (Wallflower Press, 2001)
  • Lynn Truss Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Profile Books, 2004)
Please also try to watch as many films as possible before starting your degree. Try to watch one silent film, one black and white film, one European film and one film from outside Europe and North America.

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