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MFCO201 The History of Film

 

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An historical survey of the major developments in film history.

This paper provides an overview of film history from the beginnings of the film industry in the late 19th century to the present day, concentrating on narrative feature films. In order to understand the forms cinema has taken, it is crucial to understand the interaction of form, social influences, technological developments and economic forces across its history and in different national and international contexts. It provides essential background knowledge on the development of cinema for MFCO majors and humanities students and should also appeal to those interested in historical approaches to art and culture.

Paper title The History of Film
Paper code MFCO201
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 MFCO or FIME points
Restriction
FIME 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Ramaeker
Paper Structure
This paper covers film history chronologically. Topics include:
  • Early cinema
  • Silent Hollywood cinema
  • German and Soviet cinemas of the 1920s
  • Classical Hollywood cinema
  • Japanese cinema
  • Italian neo-realism
  • The French New Wave
  • Iranian cinema
  • Contemporary American cinema
  • Australian Cinema
Assessment:
  • Tutorial Participation 5%
  • Empirical Quiz 10%
  • Research Exercise 15%
  • Research Essay 25%
  • Final Examination 45%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, screenings and tutorials
Textbooks
Film History: An Introduction, 3rd edition, Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell.

Course reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate knowledge of significant moments in film history
  • Demonstrate the ability to write historical analysis drawing on methodologies of aesthetic, technological, economic and social history

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
O1 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-33, 36-37, 40-41
T3 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-33, 36-37, 40-41

An historical survey of the major developments in film history.

This paper provides an overview of film history from the beginnings of the film industry in the late 19th century to the present day, concentrating on narrative feature films. In order to understand the forms cinema has taken, it is crucial to understand the interaction of form, social influences, technological developments and economic forces across its history and in different national and international contexts. It provides essential background knowledge on the development of cinema for MFCO majors and humanities students and should also appeal to those interested in historical approaches to art and culture.

Paper title The History of Film
Paper code MFCO201
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 MFCO or FIME points
Restriction
FIME 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Ramaeker
Paper Structure
This paper covers film history chronologically. Topics include:
  • Early cinema
  • Silent Hollywood cinema
  • German and Soviet cinemas of the 1920s
  • Classical Hollywood cinema
  • Japanese cinema
  • Italian neo-realism
  • The French New Wave
  • Iranian cinema
  • Contemporary American cinema
  • Australian Cinema
Assessment:
  • Tutorial Participation 5%
  • Empirical Quiz 10%
  • Research Exercise 15%
  • Research Essay 25%
  • Final Examination 45%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, screenings and tutorials.
Textbooks
Film History: An Introduction, 3rd edition, Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell.

Course reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate knowledge of significant moments in film history
  • Demonstrate the ability to write historical analysis drawing on methodologies of aesthetic, technological, economic and social history

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard