Film Theory

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

Lecturer

Prerequisites
Some bibliography will be provided in English.

Objectives
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.

Program
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
2. Written pieces of assessment:
1 midterm comprehensive test: 10/20;
2 tests: 2+2/20;
3. Written assignment:
1 written assignment worth up to 2/20.

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

Method of interaction
Conventional lectures supported by audiovisual resources. Text reading and analysis.

Software used in class