Film Theory

Documentary Film Studies
6 ECTS; 1º Ano, 2º Semestre, 60,0 T + 3,0 OT


Some bibliography will be provided in English.

At the end of this curricular unit, students should be able to:
a) identify and understand conceptually the main theories of cinema;
b) establish and reflexively criticizes the relationship between the theory and practice of cinema;
c) know the evolution of aesthetic and technological paradigms.

1. Film theory(ies).
2. First theoretical approaches: Hugo Münsterberg, Bela Balazs and Rudolf Arnheim.
3. Soviet theorists: Dziga Vertov and Serguei Eisenstein.
4. Phenomenology of Realism: Andre Bazin, Sigfried Kracauer, Guido Aristarco and Slavoj Zizek.
5. Modern Cinema: András Kovács and Gilles Deleuze.
6. Other Cinemas: Frantz Fanon, Glauber Rocha, Laura Mulvey and Fernando Solanas.
7. Digital Cinema and convergence culture:Lev Manovich, Tom Gunning and Henry Jenkins.
8. Cinephilia and film culture: Antoine De Baecque and Thomas Elsaesser.

Evaluation Methodology
1. Attendance and participation: 4/20 values;
2. Written assessment tests:
A exam 10/20 values;
Two evaluation tests 2+2/20 values;
3. Written work:
A written work 2/20 values.

- Tudor, A. (1985). Teorias do Cinema. Lisboa: Edições 70
- Dudley, A. (1989). As principais teorias do cinema: uma introdução.. Rio de Janeiro: Zahar
- Mazaj, M. e White, P. e Corrigan, T. (2011). Critical Visions in Film Theory. Classical and Contemporary Readings. Boston/Nova Iorque: Bedford/St. Martin's
- Stam, R. (2006). Introdução à teoria do cinema. Campinas: Papirus

Method of interaction
Theorical lectures, of expository nature, using the viewing and film analysis. Reading and analysis of written texts.

Software used in class