CDM 211 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade I
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
CDM 211
Fall
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to introduce students to films that have an important place in film history and yet have low visibility in the framework of commercial cinema, and to enable the students to acquire film culture.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • describe the significant works of cinema in general
  • discuss the films they will see
  • classify films in cinema history
  • compare films in their relation to the structure of the cinematic institution that produced them
  • analyze these works in the context of their socio-cultural milieu
  • contrast cinematic traditions in terms of narrative, technique, authorial styles
Course Content This is the first of a series of courses, introducing and screening films crucial to forming film culture and not readily available elsewhere. The course includes canonic, experimental, avantgarde examples of early cinema, American and European films, world cinema. Evaluation will be based on two written assignment and final exam.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction Pages 6-13 from NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.
2 Birth of Cinema — between art and entertainment - Screening Excerpts from Lumiere Brothers George Melies - Voyage to the Moon Thomas Edison - The Great Train Robbery Pages 13-23 from NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.
3 Early Cinema — between documentary and fiction - Screening Robert J. Flaherty - Nanook of the North (1922) Pages 86-91 from NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.
4 Russian Constructivism - Screening Dziga Vertov, The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) Pages 92-94 from NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999). The Oxford history of world cinema: [the definitive history of cinema worldwide]. Oxford [u.a.], Oxford Univ. Pr.
5 Surrealism in Cinema - Screening Luis Buñuel - L'Age d'Or (1930) (60 min) Luis Buñuel - Un Chien Andalou (1929) (21 min) First Assignment due by midnight Tony Richardson “The films of Luis Bunuel” Sight and Sound; Jan 1, 1954; 23, 3; pg. 125.
6 European Cinema between the world wars - Screening Jean Vigo - Zéro de conduite (1933) (41 min) Gyula Zilzer “Remembrances of Jean Vigo” Hollywood Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Winter, 1947-1948), pp. 125-128.
7 Italian Neo-Realism - Screening Vittorio de Sica - Ladri di biciclette (1948) (93 min) Richard Winnington, “Bicycle Thieves” Sight and Sound; Mar 1, 1950; 19, 1; pg. 26.
8 Nouvelle Vague - Screening Jean-Luc Godard – À bout de soufflé (1960) (90 min) Berg, Charles Merrell. "French New Wave Ushers in a New Era of Cinema." Salem Press Encyclopedia (January 2017). Roger Ebert on Godard’s Breathless (http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-breathless-1960)
9 Cinema Verité Screening Chris Marker - La Joli Mai (1963) (145 min) Second Assignment due by midnight Peter Graham „On Cinema Verite in France” Film Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Summer, 1964), pp. 30-36.
10 European Art Cinema Screening Michelangelo Antonioni - Blow up (1966) (111 min) Marsha Kinder “Antonioni in Transit” Sight and Sound; Summer 1967; 36/3; pp. 132- 137. Carey Harrison “Two Films (2): Blow-Up” Sight and Sound; Spring 1967; 36/2; pp. 60-62.
11 British New Wave Screening Lindsay Anderson - If (1968) (111 min) Robinson, David “Anderson shooting IF...” Sight and Sound; Summer 1968; 37, 3; pg. 130.
12 Road Movies Screening Wim Wenders - Alice in the Cities (1974) (110 min) John Pym “The Road from Wuppertal” Sight and Sound; Fall 1984; 53, 4; pg. 244.
13 Unhollywood - American Independent Cinema Screening Jim Jarmusch - Stranger than Paradise (1984) (89 min) Richard Linnett “As American as You Are: Jim Jarmusch and Stranger than Paradise” Cinéaste, Vol. 14, No. 1 (1985), pp. 26-28.
14 Final Exam
15 Review of the semester
16 Review of the semester

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

NOWELL-SMITH, G. (1999) The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford University Press.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
50
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
13
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
14
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1 To develop the habit of critical thinking in areas of cinema and digital media. X
2 To be able to comprehend and discuss theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of cinema and digital media. X
3 To know and understand practices in areas of cinema and digital media as creative and/or business processes. To be able to see these processes from cultural and historical perspectives. X
4 To cultivate awareness in the inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of cinema and digital media, thus developing a dynamic and flexible professional character capable of operating and communicating across a wide range of subject areas. X
5 To develop an understanding of the unity of theory of practice and practice of theory. X
6 To observe norms of work ethic and a thoroughgoing professional ethic.
7 Endowed with the virtues and skills of being self-disciplined, self-critical and self-managerial, to be able to both work independently and as member of a team. X
8 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programmes in the areas of cinema and digital media and to possess advanced level computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of cinema and digital media, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale”, Level B1). X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process aimed at the achievement personal and social goals X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest