Students must be familiar with research methods and the use of digital technologies in compiling bibliographies/filmographies and in writing research papers or projects. Also, a basic theoretical background would be desirable in the following fields of knowledge: audiovisual language, elements of narratology, basics in literary and film theory, history of Art and the Cinema, Elements of Psychoanalytic Theory, Elements of Cultural Studies and film genre theory and Criticism.
By the end of the course students are expected to have acquired a certain amount of knowledge and skills, such as: extensive knowledge of film theories, a deep knowledge of the artistic work of a film auteur, e.g. Alfred Hitchcock, very good knowledge of film genres and auteur theory, as well as a good knowledge of the evolution of cinema within a cultural framework. In addition, students will exercise their skills in public talks and presentations, in the preparation of audiovisual materials including techniques of montage, as well as skills in close reading and in critical analysis of audiovisual and literary texts.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Course Title: Film Theory and Criticism: Masters of the Cinema. Alfred Hitchcock.
The course is organized in the following manner: The entire oeuvre of the auteur is divided in 5 time periods. Each student or group of students choose a particular period to do research in and to study the particular films of the period, which will be presented in class (both Powerpoint presentations and video-clips arranged through montage). There will be a historical analysis of the production period, its cultural climate and the particular auteur characteristics will be assessed (duration 5 weeks). On Week 6 a general discussion will involve self-evaluation of the student presentations as well some conclusions on the work of Hitchcock. The second part of the course will be devoted to the presentation of projects that each student or groups of students will have chosen to prepare for presentation in class. The projects will focus on a thematic issue concerning the work of the auteur approached from a particular theoretical perspective or a combination of theories. The presentations will have the same characteristics as those of the first part of the course. The last session of the course will be devoted to the drawing of conclusions and an (self)appraisal of the students' aptitude.
film auteur, time period, critical analysis, presentations, theories, evaluation
Additional bibliography for study
Sloan E. Jane Alfred Hitchcock: The Definitive Filmography and Bibliography Berkley: univ.of California Press, 1995
Spoto, Donald. The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock.New York: Ballantine,1983.
Truffaut, Francois. Hitchcock. New York: Simon and Shuster,1984.
Rothman, William. The Murderous Gaze. Cambridge,Mass.: Harvard Univ.Press,1982.
Condon, Paul and Jim Sangster. The Complete Hitchcock. London: Virgin, 1999.
Ryall, Tom. Hitchcock and the British Cinema. London: Athlone,1986.
Sterrit,David. The Films of Alfred Hitchcock.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1993.
Wood,Robin.Hitchcock's Films Revisited. New York: Columbia univ. Press,1989.