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Postgraduate Course: Cinema Auteurs 2 (CLLC11044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryUsing the much debated concepts of auteur and authorship in cinema as its springboard, Cinema Auteurs 2 will focus on the work of a number of film directors who have developed distinctive film styles. The course will not be limited to European film, allowing for the comparative analysis of the work of European and non-European filmmakers, looking at various connections and comparing frameworks of references in international cinema. We will concentrate on the relationship of motifs to themes in a director's work. Key topics to be discussed in the course of the programme include: the issue of the usefulness or obsolescence of the concept of authorship in cinema considered in the context of changing cultural, socio-historical and filmmaking practices, gender, philosophy and politics in cinema, film aesthetics.
Course description Directors to be covered in 2017-18:

Luis Buñuel, Ida Lupino, Luchino Visconti, John Huston, Lina Wertmüller, Ken Russell, Theo Angelopoulos, Claire Denis, Lynne Ramsay and Jia Zhang-Ke.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 133 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative: 20 minute presentation
Summative: 4000 word essay (100%)
Feedback Students will discuss their essay topics with the relevant lecturer and will receive written feedback on their final essay. Students will receive comments on their presentations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the work of a selection of filmmakers.
  2. Conduct in-depth critical analysis and comparative studies of a body of works in relation to current theoretical debates.
Reading List
* C. Paul Sellors. (2011). Film Authorship: Auteurs and Other Myths. New York: Columbia University Press.

* Caughie, John (Ed.). (1981). Theories of Authorship: A Reader (Vol. British Film Institute Readers in Film Studies). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul in association with the British Film Institute.

* Gerstner, David A. and Staiger, Janet. (2003). Authorship and Film (Vol. AFI film readers). New York: Routledge.

* Grant, Barry Keith (Ed.) (2008). Auteurs and Authorship: A Film Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

* Wollen, Peter. (1998). Signs and Meaning in the Cinema. London: BFI.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMr Pasquale Iannone
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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