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- 17 Jul 2023
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At the completion of this subject students will have:
- an improved understanding of film aesthetics in their historical contexts
- familiarity with critical and theoretical arguments and debates related to film aesthetics and the auteur--arguments and debates that are fundamental to the field of film and media studies, as well as cinema culture more generally
- an improved ability to think critically about film and film theory and apply this to critical analyses of film texts
- an improved ability to make close analyses of different types of film texts
- an improved ability to think more critically and write more clearly, as a consequence of having practised these skills while completing the subject.
- Introduction: the idea of the auteur/Howard Hawks I
- Howard Hawks II
- Kubrick I
- Kubrick II
- Scorsese I
- Scorsese II
- Bigelow I
- Bigelow II
- Guillermo Del Toro I
- Guillermo Del Toro II
- Taika Waititi I
- Taika Waititi II
You must complete Level 1 Communication Studies before starting this subject.
- Other requirements - Access to videos or DVDs or movie downloads.
This subject was previously known as Screen Analysis 2.
Take a seat alongside some of cinema’s most celebrated auteurs. Cast the spotlight on filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Guillermo Del Toro and Taika Waititi. Develop an understanding of how some directors can leave an undeniable stamp on each film they make.
The average entertainment film is the result of dozens, sometimes hundreds, of creative and technical personnel working together. And yet, certain directors have come to be known for their ability to put an individual stamp on their films, despite the collective and industrial nature of commercial film production. This subject looks closely at the work of such directors in studio era and contemporary Hollywood cinema, as well as global cinema more generally. Looking closely at the work of and critical responses toHollywood’s Howard Hawks, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and Kathryn Bigelow, as well as Mexico’s Guillermo Del Toro and New Zealand’s Taika Waititi, this course emphases aesthetic and thematic close analyses while considering the idea of the director-as-film-author or auteur in its social, cultural and industrial contexts.
- Essay 1 (40%)
- Essay 2 (60%)
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