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Semester: 1

Credits: 30

FM4117: Modernity and the Moving Image

Our understanding of cinema’s emergence and institutionalisation in the early twentieth century has undergone a complete transformation in recent decades. On the one hand, early cinema (1895-1910) is no longer seen as a ‘primitive’ precursor to a more perfect narrative art, but as part of a much broader visual culture stretching back into the 19th century. On the other, the ‘golden age’ of silent film in the 1920s has itself been opened up to approaches going far beyond traditional auteurist studies. In both cases, some of the most productive research has examined film as a key component of broader currents that were central to industrial modernity as a whole. This module examines early film cultures in relation to modern life in the areas of art, industry, media, technology, knowledge and governmentality.


2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Mon, 4.30 pm - 7.00 pm Tue (screenings)

Professor Michael Cowan (Co-ordinator)