Units of Study

ARHT2653 - Memory of the World: Key Films

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Laleen Jayamanne


This unit of study has three primary foci:
1. A historical study of independent cinema, or New Wave movements in post-World War II Europe, including Italian Neo- Realism, the French New Wave and New German Cinema among others.
2. The study of Gilles Deleuze's thesis about these cinematic movements and the cinematic concepts that they gave rise to as elaborated in his books, Cinema 1, Movement Image and Cinema II, The Time Image.
3. A study of the idea of Epic cinema as distinct from Dramatic cinema through a selection of films cross-culturally.
In addition there will also be a selection of films of auteurs who help formulate cinematic ideas and concepts, such as for example the gothic, in innovative ways.
Despite the historical component of the unit it is not structured chronologically but rather, conceptually. And the main concept is that of non-chronological time. This approach will enable an exploration of cinematic invention of new images of time itself. As such it is primarily concerned with cinematic aesthetics across different film cultures and the cultural politics to such invention will form an essential background to the unit.


1x1500wd film analysis (30%), 1x2500wd essay (70%)


A Resource book, available from the University Copy Centre


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week and 1x2-hr film screening/week


ARHT1001 and ARHT1002 (For Art History Major), ARHT1002 or ENGL1025 or ENGL1026 (For Film Major)



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