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Bachelor's Degree in Video e Cinema Documental

Film Theory

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Publication in the Diário da República: Despacho n.º 13021/2015

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
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.

- 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

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

Software used in class




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