Contemporary Hollywood (ARHT2657)


This unit of study will investigate the last two decades of the cinema of the USA, including Hollywood. Students will be introduced to the work of a number of established and emerging American filmmakers, to the work of a number of important film critics, and to issues concerning the theory and practice of film criticism. Critical and analytical focus will centre on the changing relation of subjectivity and time in independent cinema. Films that explore questions of subjectivity and that experiment with narrative structure will be featured.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x3000wd Research essay (60%) 1x1500wd review Essay (30%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules


(ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) or ((AMST1001 and (HSTY1023 or HSTY1076))



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