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MODL1700 Reading List

Introduction to Film Studies I, 2021/22, Semester 1
Mani King Sharpe
M.Sharpe@leeds.ac.uk
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MODL1700 Introduction to Film Studies I

Reading List

Key resources

Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson (2013) Film Art: An Introduction, 10 th edition. Boston, MA; London: McGraw-Hill.

Corrigan, Timothy and White, Patricia (2012) The film experience : an introduction, 3 rd edition. London: Palgrave Macmillan.   

Villarejo, Amy (2013) Film studies : the basics, 2 nd edition. London: Routledge.

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Weekly set readings for seminars

Week 1: Introduction to film language and film analysis 

Barsam, Richard and Monahan, Dave (2019) ‘Formal analysis and alternative approaches to analysis’, Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film. New York: Norton, pp. 15-23.   

Week 2: What is  Film Studies? 

Dyer, Richard (1998) ‘Introduction to Film Studies’, in Hill, John and Pamela Church Gibson (eds)The Oxford guide to film studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-10. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Nagib, Lúcia (2005) ‘Towards a Positive Definition of World Cinema’, in Lim, Song Hwee and Stephanie Dennison (eds)Remapping world cinema : identity, culture and politics in film. London and New York: Wallflower Press, pp. 30-37. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva


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Week 3: Early Cinema

Gunning, Tom (1990) ‘The Cinema of Attractions: Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde’ in Elsaesser, Thomas (ed.)Early cinema : space, frame, narrative. London: BFI, pp. 56-62. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Pearson, Roberta (1999) ‘Early Cinema’ in Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey (ed.) The Oxford history of world cinema Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 13-22.


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Week 4: Soviet Montage

Bordwell, David (2003) ‘Monumental Heroics: Form and Style in Eisenstein’s Silent Films’ in Grieveson, Lee and Peter Krämer (eds)The silent cinema reader. London: Routledge, pp. 368-388. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Christie, Ian (1993) ‘Introduction: rediscovering Eisenstein’ in Christie, Ian and Richard Taylor (eds) Eisenstein rediscovered.London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-30.


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Week 5: The Mobile Frame – Jean Renoir

O’Shaughnessy, Martin (2000) Jean Renoir. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 145-151.

Paulus, Tom (2007) 'The view across the court yard: Bazin and the evolution of depth style', Film International 5(6): 62-75. 


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Week 6: Introduction to Sound Fritz Lang’s M

Chion, Michel (1999) The Voice in Cinema, trans. Claudia Gorbman. New York; Chichester: Columbia University Press, Chapter 1, pp. 17-29.

Gunning, Tom (2000)The films of Fritz Lang : allegories of vision and modernity. London: BFI, Chapter 7, pp. 163-175. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Week 7: Reading Week

Week 8: Hollywood and the Transition to Sound

Elsaesser, Thomas and Malte Hagener (2010) Film theory : an introduction through the senses. London and New York: Routledge, Chapter 6, pp. 129-148.

Bordwell, David (1985) ‘The introduction of sound’ in Bordwell, David, Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson (eds)The classical Hollywood cinema : film style & mode of production to 1960. London: Routledge, Chapter 23, pp. 298-308.

 

 

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Week 9: Sound Design in Contemporary Hollywood

 

Sergi, Gianluca (1998) ‘A cry in the dark: the role of post-classical film sound’ in Neale, Steve and Murray Smith,Contemporary Hollywood Cinema. London and New York: Routledge. Chapter 10, pp. 156-165. 

There Will Be Blood: Vocal Control in Movies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JUXtUeWUTQ)

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Week 10: Colour and mise-en-scene

Neale, Steve (1985) Cinema and Technology: Image, Sound, Colour. London: BFI, pp. 145-151.  

Allinson, Mark (2001) A Spanish Labyrinth: The Films of Pedro Almodovar. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 182-186.


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Week 11: Colour and narrative

Pierpoint, George (2018) 'Is 'bisexual lighting' a new cinematic phenomenon?' (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43765856)

David, Sarah (2018) 'Fortify Yourself with the Beauty of Bisexual Lighting' (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvexbx/janelle-monae-bisexual-lighting)

Barsam, Richard and Monahan, Dave (2019) ‘Looking at cinematography in Moonlight’, Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film. New York: Norton, pp. 230-233.


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Writing Essays

Corrigan, Timothy (2012)A short guide to writing about film, 8 th edition. Boston, MA: Pearson.

Doughty, Ruth and Deborah Shaw (2009) Film : the essential study guide. London and New York: Routledge.

 

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General Bibliography (including further reading)

Allinson, Mark (2009) ‘Mimesis and Diegesis: Almodovar and the Limits of Melodrama’ in Epps, Bard and Despina Kakoudaki (eds)All about Almodóvar : a passion for cinema. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 141-165.

Andrew, Dudley (1984)Film in the aura of artPrinceton: Princeton University Press.

Aumont, Jacques, Alain Bergala, Michel Marie and Marc Vernet (1999)Aesthetics of film Austin: University of Texas Press.

Bazin, André (1967)What is Cinema?Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California.

Bazin, André (1974) Jean Renoir,edited with an introduction by François Truffaut . New York: Delta.

Bordwell, David (1985) Narration in the Fiction Film.London: Methuen.

Bordwell, David (2005)The Cinema of Eisenstein. London and New York: Routledge. 

Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson (2003)Film History: An Introduction, 2 nd Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Bordwell, David and Noel Carroll (eds) (1996)Post-theory : reconstructing film studies. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Burch, Noel (1990) ‘A Primitive Mode of Representation? ’ inLife to Those Shadows, Los Angeles: University of California Press, pp. 186-201.

Chapman, James (2003) Cinemas of the world : film and society from 1895 to the present.London: Reaktion.

Chion Michel (1994)Audio-vision : sound on screen, trans. by Claudia Gorbman. New York; Chichester: Columbia University Press.

Eisenstein, Sergei (1999 [1929]) ‘Beyond the Shot’ in Braudy, Leo and Marshall Cohen (eds)Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, 5 th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 13-40. 

Faulkner, Christopher (1986)The social cinema of Jean Renoir. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Gledhill, Christine and Williams, Linda (eds) (1999) Reinventing film studies.London: Arnold.

Hill, John and Pamela Church Gibson (eds) (2000) World cinema : critical approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kaes, Anton (1999) M. London: BFI.

Lim, Song Hwee and Julian Ward (eds) (2011)The Chinese cinema bookLondon: BFI.

Lim, Song Hwee and Stephanie Dennison (eds) (2006) Remapping world cinema : identity, culture and politics in film.London and New York: Wallflower Press.

Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey (ed.) (1999)The Oxford history of world cinemaOxford: Oxford University Press.

O’Shaughnessy, Martin (2009) La grande illusion : (Jean Renoir, 1937).London: I.B. Tauris.

Pye, Douglas and Iris Luppa (2011) ‘ M: Leading the Blind’ in Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism 2. Online. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/film/movie/contents/m_layout_2.pdf Accessed 15/07/2014.

Rawnsley, Gary D. and Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley (eds) (2010)Global Chinese cinema : the culture and politics of Hero. London: Routledge.

Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam (eds) (1994)Unthinking Eurocentrism : multiculturalism and the mediaLondon and New York: Routledge.

Stam, Robert (2000) Film Theory: An Introduction.Malden and Oxford: Blackwell.

Strauven, Wanda (ed) (2006)The cinema of attractions reloaded. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Triana-Toribio, Nuria (2003)Spanish national cinema. London: Routledge.

Vincendeau, Ginette and Keith Reader (eds) (1986)La vie est a nous! : French cinema of the Popular Front, 1935-1938. London: BFI.

This list was last updated on 10/08/2020