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MA2065 Modern European Cinema

Tutor: Steven Marchant

Teaching: 10 hours lecture, 10 hours seminar

Value: ½ unit

Availability: Autumn or Spring


This course examines the development of modern cinema in post-war Europe. Focussing on such major directors as Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean-Luc Godard and Andrei Tarkovsky, the course explores the different ways these filmmakers worked to transform the relationship between cinema and the events it depicts. Alongside close studies of the films, the course also examines some of the critical and theoretical perspectives developed in the film journals of the period and places a special emphasis on the filmmakers’ own ideas about cinema, as expressed in their interviews and writings.


Screening schedule: 

1. Rome Open City (1945, Roberto Rossellini)
2. A Nos Amour (1983, Maurice Pialat)
3. Aguirre, Wrath of God & The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1972/73, Werner Herzog)
4. Une femme est une femme (1961, Jean-Luc Godard)
5. Weekend (1967, Jean-Luc Godard)
6. Fear Eats the Soul (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
7. Viaggio in Italia (1954, Roberto Rossellini)
8. The Passenger(1975, Michelangelo Antonioni)
9. Mirror (1975, Andrei Tarkovsky)
10. Werckmeister Harmonies (2001, Béla Tarr)



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