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Introduction to Film Studies

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Introduction to Film Studies by Dr. Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. For more details on NPTEL visit

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Course Overview - Cinema & Semiotics,Seven (1995) - Plot in Cinema - Conflict as a plot element - Character as a plot element - Editing in Cinema - Montage - Jump-cut - Realism in Cinema - Colour : Theory & Practice Intertextuality,Casablanca (1942),The Matrix (1999) -

Cinema & Modernism : The Lumiere Brothers - George Melies - Carl Dreyer - Charlie Chaplin - Buster Keaton - F.W. Murnau - Fritz Lang - Jean Cocteau - Max Ophuls - The French Masters,Jean Renoir,Robert Bresson,What is a canon?
Canonical Text : Citizen Kane (1940) - The Godfather (1972/1974)
The Academy Awards : Case study: My Left Foot (1989) and Daniel Day-Lewis - Method Acting
Classic Hollywood : The Hay’s Code - The Studio Years - Major filmmakers

Classic Hollywood : Major filmmakers (George Stevens, William Wyler, Billy Wilder, Elia Kazan, George Cukor ) - Melodrama - Major filmmakers - Melodrama: Cinema of Douglas Sirk
German Expressionism : Film noir - Case study: Otto Preminger’s Laura (1944) - Neo-noir -Case study: Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) - Stars as IconsCase study: The Stardom of James Dean

Cinema and the Counterculture Movement : The Beat Generation - Woodstock Nation - Easy Rider (1968)
Italian cinema : Italian Neo-Realism - Italian Masters
Japanese Cinema : Major Filmmakers - Major Trends
Auteur Theory in the USA : Andrew Sarris - Alfred Hitchcock - Alfred Hitchcock as an Auteur - Case study: Rope (1948)
New Hollywood : Major filmmakers - Major texts - Major filmmakers - Major texts - The French Connection (1971) - Case study : opening sequence of Mean Streets(1973)

New Hollywood : Major filmmakers - Major texts - The End of the New Hollywood - George Lucas and Steven Spielberg - New Hollywood Auteur: Woody Allen - Case study: Manhattan (1979 )
Cinema and Genres : Dudley Andrews - Rick Altman - Gangster as a Genre - Genre Blending and Genre Bending - Quentin Tarantino’s films
Postmodernism and Cinema : Key Theorists - Linda Hutcheon - Ihab Hasan - Fredric Jameson
Case study: Face /off (1997) - The self-conscious cinema - Natural Born Killers - Wag the Dog
The Western : The Westerns of Sam Peckinpah,The Myth of the American West - No Country for Old Men (2007) - There Will be Blood (2007)

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