This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £89 / Conc. £67
This course provides an introduction to the films voted in 10th to 6th place in a prestigious poll of film critics by the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine: 8½ (Federico Fellini, Italy-France, 1963), The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark, 1927), Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1929), The Searchers (John Ford, USA, 1956), and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, USA-UK, 1968).
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in film and a curiosity to learn more about cinema.
Do I need any previous skills or experience?
This is an introductory course. No prior film knowledge or familiarity with the films under discussion is required. You also do not need to have taken part in the first part of this course, which covered different films.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught through a combination of viewing and analysis of film extracts, presentations by the tutor, class/group discussions, and supporting handouts.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need either a laptop or notebook and pens to take notes. Purchase of textbooks or DVDs is not required.
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify aesthetic qualities of the selected films
- Describe production contexts of the selected films
- Recognise distinguishing qualities of the film-makers’ work
- Utilise methods with which to analyse and appreciate cinema.
Meet the Tutor
Hilary Smith is an associate lecturer and academic advisor in film studies at Birkbeck, University of London, and has also taught at City University London and Imperial College London.
She has a professional background in film curation and arts administration, and was formerly a curator and programme manager for BFI Southbank (the National Film Theatre) at the British Film Institute.
She has received a Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship Award for "an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning".
Definitions of a "great film".
8½ (Federico Fellini, Italy-France, 1963).
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark, 1927).
Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1929).
The Searchers (John Ford, USA, 1956).
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, USA-UK, 1968).
Need to Know
- 19:00 - 21:00
- Full £89 / Conc. £67
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Hilary Smith
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