Watching Stars: Film and the Star System (ICLS2637)


This unit will investigate how film stars reflect national preoccupations and how they achieve national and transnational fame. It will examine and compare several major film stars from several cultures and will analyse their star image through, for example, their on-screen performance in film adaptations, their celebrity bodies and faces and their representations in the popular media. Students will be introduced to film star theories. Students will have to attend at least 4 film screenings.

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1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x oral presentation (20%), 2x2500wd essays (80%)

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12 junior credit points from European Studies, European, Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies, Asian Studies, English, Government, History, Ancient History, Philosophy, Political Economy, Sociology or Media and Communication

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