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Semester: 2

Credits: 20

FM1002: Film History and Historiography

This module introduces key movements and moments in film history across the first fifty years of film. Students will first examine the major formal, technological, and industrial transformations from cinema’s beginnings in the 1890s up to the conversion to sound in the late 1920s. How were films made, exhibited and understood and why did cinema evolve in the ways that it did? Throughout the module, we will examine film history in a global context, exploring international developments in Germany, Soviet Russia, Britain, Japan and Italy. Students will be encouraged to engage with primary materials and to examine critically the methods and approaches for writing and researching film. What can we learn from studying film and how does studying film history help us to better understand cinema and new media today?

Dr Jennifer O’Meara, Module Convener: Email TBC


In School III:
Monday & Thursday: 3-4pm (Lectures)
Monday: 7pm (Screening)

Dr Leshu Torchin (Lecturer), Dr Anuja Jain (Lecturer) and Professor Michael Cowan (Lecturer)


There is one 1-hour seminar every week. These are held in the Board Room of the Department of Film Studies, 99 North Street. Your seminar group time is established in the first week of term.


Library reading lists for this module