CDM 212 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade II
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
CDM 212
Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
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 second of a series of courses, introducing and screening films crucial to forming film culture and not readily available elsewhere. The course includes canonic, experimental, avant-garde (commercial or non-commercial) examples of early cinema, American studio films, European art films, world cinema. There will be one midterm and one 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
2 Postmodern Dystopia Screening Blade Runner, Ridley Scott (1982) Giuliana Bruno “Ramble City: Postmodernism and Blade Runner” October, Vol. 41 (Summer, 1987), pp. 61-74.
3 Essay Film Screening Sans Soleil, Chris Marker (1983) David Montero “Film also ages: time and images in Chris Marker's Sans soleil”, Studies in French Cinema, 6:2, 2006, pp. 107-115.
4 New German Cinema Screening Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders (1987) David Caldwell & Paul Rea “Handke’s and Wenders’ Wings of Desire. Transcending Postmodernism” The German Quarterly; Winter 1991; 64 (1), pp.46-54. Anton Kaes “The New German Cinema” in The Oxford History of World Cinema, G. Nowell-Smith (Ed), Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. 614-627.
5 Cinéma du Look Screening Nikita, Luc Besson (1990) Sue Harris, “Cinema du Look,” European Cinema, ed. Elizabeth Ezra. Oxford University Press. 2004. pp.219-233.
6 New Iranian Cinema Screening Close-up, Abbas Kiarostami (1990) Hamid Naficy “Iranian Cinema” in The Oxford History of World Cinema, G. Nowell-Smith (Ed), Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. 672-678. Godfrey Cheshire “Where Iranian Cinema Is” Film Comment, Vol. 29, No. 2 (MARCH–APRIL 1993), pp. 38-43. Phillip Lopate “Kiarostami Close Up” Film Comment, Vol. 32, No. 4 (JULY-AUGUST 1996), pp. 37-40.
7 Northern European Farce Screening The Match Factory Girl, Aki Kaurismaki (1990 Bert Cardullo “Finnish Character: An Interview with Aki Kaurismäki” Film Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 4 (Summer 2006), pp. 4-10. Sanna Kivimaki, “Working-class girls in a welfare state: Finnishness, social class and gender in Aki Kaurismäki's Workers' Trilogy (1986-1990)” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Volume 2, Number 1, 31 January 2012, pp. 73-88. Jonathan Romney “Last Exit to Helsinki: The Bleak Comedic Genius of Aki Kaurismaki, Finland’s Finest” Film Comment, Vol. 39, No. 2 (MARCH/APRIL 2003), pp. 43-45, 47.
8 MIDTERM EXAM
9 Women’s Cinema Screening Thelma and Louise, Ridley Scott (1991) Manohla Dargis “Roads to freedom” Sight and Sound; Jul 1, 1991; 1/3; pp. 15-18. Amy Taubin “Ridley Scott’s Roadwork” Sight and Sound; Jul 1, 1991; 1/3; pp. 18-19.
10 New Asian Cinema Screening Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai (1994) Tony Rayns “Poet of Time” Sight and Sound; Sep 1, 1995; 5/9; pp. 12-16. Tony Rayns “Chungking Express / Chongqing Senlin” Sight and Sound; Sep 1, 1995; 5/9; pp. 47-48.
11 Cinema of the banlieus Screening Le Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz (1995) Amy Siciliano, “La Haine: Framing the ‘Urban Outcasts’” ACME International Journal for Critical Geographies, Vol. 6 No. 2. 2007, pp.211-230.
12 Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Screening Head-On, Fatih Akın (2004) Daniela Berghahn “No place like home? Or impossible homecomings in the films of Fatih Akın” New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, Volume 4, Number 3, Feb 2006, pp. 141-157.
13 Postcolonial European Cinema Screening Caché, Michael Haneke (2005) Nancy E. Virtue “Memory, Trauma, and the French-Algerian War: Michael Haneke's Caché (2005)” Modern & Contemporary France, 19:3. 2011, pp. 281-296.
14 Final project / exam
15 Review of the semester
16 Review of the semester

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

 

 

Suggested Readings/Materials

Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford University Press, 1999.

 

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

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

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical 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
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
25
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
15
Final Exam
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to define and discuss the history, underlying concepts and theories of cinema and digital media.

X
2

To be able to develop a storytelling idea for cinema and digital media arts by using creativity and critical thinking.

X
3

To be able to operate specialized technical equipment and competently use software in the fields of cinema and digital media arts. 

4

To be able to execute the main tasks in the pre-production, production and post-production of an audio-visual work at the basic level including screenwriting, production planning, operating the camera, sound recording, lighting and editing.

5

To be able to perform a specialized task at an advanced level either for pre-production, production or post-production of an audio-visual work.

6

To be able to discuss how meaning is made through works of cinema and digital media; in what ways economics, politics and culture affect visual representation; how the conditions of production, consumption, distribution and interpretation shape images.

X
7

To be able to perform specialized tasks for creating digital media narratives with interactive elements.

8

To be able to conduct a critical analysis of a film or a work of digital media arts from technical, intellectual and artistic points of view.

X
9

To be able to take individual responsibility of a film or a digital media work from scratch to product in a problem-solving manner.

10

To be able to work as a crewmember by following norms of ethical conduct and taking initiative to improve the ethical standards of his/her working environment.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Cinema and Digital Media and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

X

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