Learning About Films 1

Ref: C3670698

We’ll consider how movies such as Witness for the Prosecution, 12 Angry Men and Denial deal with courtroom dramas; real-life historical events like the Berlin Wall, 9/11, the Civil Rights Movement etc. are turned into feature films; the work of director Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire etc.) and the controversy over his testimony to the House Un American Activities Committee; and the degree to which a film's aspect ratios (e.g. Cinemascope, IMAX, Academy) and framing devices affect the way we feel about what we are watching. We will also discuss each session a film recently shown on television.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To sharpen students' critical faculties regarding films

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognize the challenges that a courtroom's restricted space presents to cinema are overcome dramatically and technically
  • Discern how feature films manage the complexities of real-life historical events
  • Catalogue and appreciate the values inherent in the life and work of Elia Kazan
  • Be aware of the impact that framing and aspect ratios have on our reception of a film
  • Critique films selected for homework.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A notebook and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Learning About Films 1 Course Outline

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Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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