Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will examine two parallel, linked developments: that of the cinema itself, in terms of technology, industry, style, form and responses to social and cultural phenomena, and that of film thought, that is, the succession and variety of ways devised to think about, analyse and understand the cinema in its various contexts and stages. Different concepts of history and historical analysis are examined, as is the canon of 'classic' films which constitute a certain received cinema history. Attention is given to key national cinemas and aesthetic movements, as well as film practices that circulate around and run parallel to the canon.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnna Dzenis

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first-year and 30 credit points of second-year level subjects from Media: screen + sound or Media Studies or Cinema Studies


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is a core subject for the major in Cinema Studies within the ABA - Bachelor of Arts.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA history of narrative filmsPreliminaryW W Norton 1996NY
ReadingsCahiers du Cinema: the 1950s-Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New WavePreliminaryHillier 1985CAMBRIDGE: HARVARD U PRESS
ReadingsClose viewingsPreliminaryPeter Lehman 1990TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA STATE U PRESS
ReadingsEarly Cinema: Space, Frame, NarrativePreliminaryThomas Elsaesser 1990LONDON, BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
ReadingsMovie Made America: a social history of American MoviesPreliminaryRobert Sklar 1975RANDOM HOUSE, NY
ReadingsThe Oxford history of world cinemaPreliminaryGeoffrey Nowell-smith 1996OXFORD U PRES, NY

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Dzenis

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
1,000-word Quiz25
1,000-word research skills/annotated bibliography25
2,000-word research essay50