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Introduction to Film History (EAF1504)

30 credits

This module will introduce you to key developments in the history of film and cinemagoing from pre and early cinema in the 1890s to around the 1960s. Through a series of case studies, the module introduces you to a range of key movements, trends and moments in international film history in countries such as Britain, Italy, Senegal, France, Japan, Germany, India and the USA. You will study a diverse range of film genres, forms and styles, including documentary, experimental and avant-garde filmmaking, short films and feature fiction films, and attention will be paid to the impact of changing technologies and social and political events in shaping film styles and film industries. A key focus on the module will be acquiring and practising the skills to ‘do film history’, and to you will think critically about the processes of writing histories.