Cinema Europe

Ref: C2224591

Both inspiring and innovative, European cinema has never failed to fascinate. Featuring films both familiar and forgotten, this course will explore the continent's cinematic output and developments, from its beginnings to the present day, along with the key directors and national movements like German expressionism, Italian neo-realism and the French nouvelle vague. Each week there will be a focus on a particular country, movement or director. The key countries will be Germany, Italy, France, and Spain, along with Scandinavia. Among the directors who will be analysed are Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Pedro Almodovar and Lars von Trier. Also there will be an exploration of how European cinema fared during and after World War II and how it has reacted to the dominance of the Hollywood film industry.

Course aim

The main aim of this course is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of European cinema, enabling the student to watch films from the continent with greater knowledge and insight.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define how European cinema differs from that of Hollywood.
  • Discuss the historical factors involved in the development of European cinema.
  • Identify the key movements with helped shape European cinema.
  • Discuss more about the key directors of European cinema and their individual styles.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No preparation is required, but watching any European films would help you to get an idea of the style of film-making involved.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Join a film discussion group.

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Cinema Europe Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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