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Contemporary Film Studies (6 points)


Leader: Con Verevis and Deane Williams

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Berwick Second semester 2004 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This introductory unit aims to acquaint students with basic principles of contemporary film studies, including film theory and history. Topics to be discussed include: film narrative and formal analysis, film sound and editing, film genre and authorship, art cinema and national cinemas, documentary and experimental film practice. Attention will be paid to recent theories of film including those which address the socio-political significance of the medium and the ways in which it may reinforce conceptions of social and sexual identity. Film texts for exploration include those from Australian, American, European and Asian cinemas.

Assessment: Essay (1200 words): 25% + Essay (2300 words): 50% + Visual test (1 hour): 25%

Contact Hours: 4 hours per week: 1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial, 2 hour screening

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