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Undergraduate Course: Early 20th Century Avant-garde Movements in Cinema and Other Arts (LLLG07066)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAn introduction to the major avant-garde movements of the 1920s: Impressionism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Futurism, Constructivism, and Expressionism. This vibrant and richly illustrated course examines their presence in cinema and other arts, in particular painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography. It also provides a unique opportunity to (re)discover and discuss films by the most influential filmmakers of early avant-garde cinema. No prior knowledge required.
Course description 1. The First Avant-garde.

General introduction to 1920s avant-gardes. The First Avant-garde in cinema: Germaine Dulac, Abel Gance, Marcel L¿Herbier and Jean Epstein.

2. Dadaism / Abstract Cinema.

Dadaist art and the link between of Dada and Abstract cinema; Clair and Picabia¿s Entr¿acte, Man Ray¿s Retour a la raison, Leger¿s Ballet méchanique, Richter¿s Ghosts Before Breakfast and Duchamp¿s Aenemic Cinema.

3. Surrealism.

Introduction to Surrealist art.

4. Surrealism in cinema.

Films of Luis Bunuel (Un Chien andalou and L¿Age d¿or), Jean Cocteau (The Blood of a Poet) and Germaine Dulac (The Seashell and the Clergyman)

5. Expressionism.

Introduction to German Expressionism.

6. Expressionist cinema.

Wiene¿s The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Rye and Wegener¿s The Student of Prague, Lang¿s Destiny, Murnau¿s Nosferatu and Wegener and Boese¿s The Golem

7. Futurism.

Introduction to Italian Futurism and Russian Cubo-Futurism.

8. Futurism in cinema.

Short futurist films and Protazanov¿s Aelita: Queen of Mars.

9. Constructivism.

Introduction to Russian Constructivism.

10. Constructivism in cinema.

Man with a Movie Camera and other films by Vertov, Pudovkin and Eisenstein.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  16
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2000 word essay submitted after the course finishes, worth 100% of the total mark.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. identify the avant-garde art movements of the first half of the twentieth century
  2. explain the influence of these movements on cinema
  3. recognize artistic and cinematic avant-gardes of the 1920s
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Course organiserMs Malgorzata Bugaj
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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