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ML2101 International Film II: Readings and Representations

Terms 1 and 2

Assessment

30% essay 1: 1500-2000 words; 70% essay 2: 2000-2500 words
Formative piece (0%)

Convenor

Professor James Williams

Overview

The course is divided into two parts, the first exploring crucial issues of filmmaking, film studies and the ‘transnational’ from the perspective of largely contemporary Latin American cinema, the second focusing on a range of European films from the 1970s to the present. The introductory two weeks of the course will introduce students to these concerns; the final two weeks of the course will bring both parts together and establish some conclusions (for example, what, if anything, constitutes a ‘European’ or ‘Latin American’ or ‘transnational’ film). 

 Key Primary Films

Part I:

Festen, 1998 (dir. Thomas Vinterberg), Denmark

Fear Eats the Soul, 1974 (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Germany

Life is Beautiful, 1997 (dir. Roberto Benigni), Italy

Hidden, 2005  (dir. Michael Haneke), France

Part II:

Cidade de Deus / City of God, 2002 (dir. Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund) Brazil

En el hoyo, 2006, (dir. Juan Carlos Rulfo)  

Biutiful, 2010, (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu)

El orfanato/ The Orphanage, 2007 (dir. Juan Antonio Bayona)  

Secondary Literature: General, Theoretical, Introductory

Elizabeth Ezra, European Cinema (OUP)

Richard Dyer (ed), Oxford Guide to Film Studies (OUP)

 

  
 
 
 
 

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