Course detail

The Art of Interpreting Film 2

FaVU-TAIF2Acad. year: 2020/2021

Students will learn to look critically at a selection of films from the 60s and 90s (with some excursions to the present) through the prism of politics/ideology and environmental issues.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will look at examples of interpretation methods of film based on a particular thematic framework (politics/ideology, gender, environmental issues) not necessarily explicitely based on the narrative itself.

Prerequisites

None.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Fay, Jennifer. Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene. (EN)
Sobchack, Vivian. Screening Space: American Science Fiction Film. (EN)
Kuhn, Anette. Alien Zone. (EN)
Frederick Jameson: Archaelogies of the Future. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course has a seminar form - discussion and a written reflection of assigned material in class is essential .

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Continuous assessment. Students will reflect the assigned reading and films in a written form of short, in-class response papers and a subsequent group discussion. Each week, students will be assigned a film and an/or accompanying 10-page long text to read at home. The classes will consist of discussion and an online written reflection of the respective text and film.
In order to participate in the classes, students must hand in the assignment on time.
In order to receive a grade, students must hand in all assignments.

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Visions of the Ends of the Worlds: Pavel Juráček and Jan Schmidt: The End of August in Hotel Ozone.
2. Visions of the Ends of the Worlds: Jaromil Jireš: Seventh Day, Eighth Night.
3. Visions of the Ends of the Worlds: Chris Marker: The Ramp.
4. Visions of the Ends of the Worlds: Terry Gillian: Twelve Monkeys.
5. Visions of the Ends of the Worlds: Ridley Scott: Blade Runner
6. Visions of the Ends of the Worlds: Lars von Trier: Melancholia.
7. Post-humanism and Sci-fi: Tarkovskij: Solaris.
8. Visions of the Ends of the Worlds: Godard: Alphaville.
9. Visions of the Ends of the Worlds: Interstellar.
10. Post-humanism and Sci-fi: Stanley Kubrick: Space Odyssey.
11. Environmental Crisis: Gioffrey di Reggio: Koniaquatsi; Edward Burtynski - Anthropocene.
12. More-Than-Human: Ridley Scott: The Alien.

Aims

1. Cinefile 2. critical. Although the selection of the films might be subjective and not necessarily always canonical, one of the aims is to show students some noteworthy film production of the 70s and 80s (European and American film only). 2. Students will see the interpretation possibilities of the selected films through approaches which were often contemporary with the films themselves.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

75% videoconferences must be attended and students must participate actively in a discussion (and/or chat or some other written form) relevant to the film and text assigned for the respective week. Classes take place on a weekly basis, incuding the remote learning model.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme Bachelor's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective

  • Programme Master's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer