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Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will have:

  1. an improved understanding of film aesthetics in their historical contexts
  2. 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
  3. an improved ability to think critically about film and film theory and apply this to critical analyses of film texts
  4. an improved ability to make close analyses of different types of film texts
  5. 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
    • Coen Brothers I
    • Coen Brothers II
    • Wes Anderson I
    • Wes Anderson II
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment


You must complete Level 1 Communication Studies before starting this subject.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Access to videos or DVDs or movie downloads

This subject was previously known as Screen Analysis 2.

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: Howard Hawks, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson and Kathryn Bigelow, while considering the idea of the director-as-film-author or auteur in its cultural and industrial contexts.

  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (60%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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