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Film Appreciation

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam

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Overview

The course focuses on helping the participants to appreciate cinema by understanding its distinct language, its narrative complexity and the way films control and stimulate our thoughts and feelings. Through various examples from Indian and international cinema, the course will explain how cinema as a visual medium, engages with us in constructing meaning.


INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any Interested Learners

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT

WEEK 1 :
  • Introduction
  • Key concepts-Part 1
  • Key Concepts-Part 2
  • Film Theory
  • Genre Theory
WEEK 2 :
  • Traditions in World Cinema-Lecture: German Expressionism
  • Lecture: Italian New-Realism
  • Lecture: French New Wave
  • Lecture: Spanish Cinema
  • Lecture: British New Wave
  • Lecture: Chinese Cinema
WEEK 3 :
  • Action Cinema
  • Lecture: Deewar
  • Aspects of Cinema: Melodrama
  • Formalism in Cinema
  • The Language of Cinema
  • Devdas
  • City Cinema
WEEK 4 :
  • The Semiotics of Cinema
  • Raging Bull
  • Robert Bresson
  • Studio Cinema: Part -1
  • Studio Cinema: Part 2
WEEK 5 :
  • New Hollywood Cinema: Part 1
  • New Hollywood Cinema: Part 2
  • History of Hindi Cinema Part 1
  • History of Hindi Cinema Part 2
  • History of Hindi Cinema: Part 3
WEEK 6 :
  • Aspects of cinema:
  • Ideology in Cinema
  • Character in Cinema

Cinema in India :
  • Mythological Cinema in India
  • The Cinema of Satyajit Ray
  • Hindi Film Music

WEEK 7 :
  • WORLD CINEMA : The Hollywood musicals
  • WORLD CINEMA : African cinema
  • WORLD CINEMA : Iranian cinema
  • WORLD CINEMA : Canadian Cinema
  • WORLD CINEMA : Eastern European Cinema
  • WORLD CINEMA : European Cinema Hungary, Sweden, Greece
WEEK 8 :
  • Postmodernism and cinema
  • Small towns in cinema
  • Film sequels, remakes and cult films
  • Parallel Cinema from India

Taught by

Prof. Aysha Iqbal

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