The History of Film Space

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311FSPA exam 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English summer

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One of the most important aims of Film is to frame the Space on the flat screen. Film history as seen from the point of view of both audience and filmmakers will be our hand in this pursuit. Ranging from Soviet montage school to Andre Basin and French New Wave, from D. W. Griffith to TV era we will analyze what influence narration has on film space or the other way round, how space is connected with narrative elements. In this regard, we will discuss the following aspects: how space expands the Film, what kind of space exists in the cinema, and how space appears in the Film until the moment when it disappears.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will:

-explain what film space is

-describe the way film space is presented in Western film tradition

-name and define different kinds of film space

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Recommended Reading

FABE, Marilyn. Closely watched films: an introduction to the art of narrative film technique [online]. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2004, ©2004 [cit. 2019-05-03]. ISBN 978-0-520-95901-9.

DELEUZE, Gilles: Cinema 1: The Movement-Image. Trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, cop. 1986. XIII, 250 s.

DELEUZE, Gilles. Cinema 2: The Time-Image. Trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Robert Galeta. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. XVIII, 344 s.

Early cinema: space, frame, narrative. Eds. ELSAESSER, Thomas, BARKER, Adam. London: British Film Institute, 1990. 424 s.

OUDART, Jean-Pierre. The Reality Effect. In: The Politics of Representation: Cahiers du Cinéma: 1969-1972, Harvard University Press, 1989.

OUDART, Jean-Pierre. Notes for a Theory of Representation. In: The Politics of Representation: Cahiers du Cinéma: 1969-1972. Harvard University Press, 1989.

YAMPOLSKY, Mikhail. Transparency Painting: From Myth to Theater. In: Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture. Eds. EFIMOVA, Alla, MANOVICH, Lev. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993, p. 139.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Students will be evaluated on their contribution and efforts to the class. The examinations include essay, brief presentation based on essay topic and discussion.

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

Attendance - 30%

Participation in discussion - 10%

Essay - 30%

Final Exam - 30%



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