Hidden Gems by Major Film Makers

Ref: C3741438

This course aims to introduce students to lesser known works from significant film makers across the world. Through a consideration of film style, historical and authorial contexts, and narrative themes, the class will be able to see how these films link to the other, more popular works of the filmmaker and why these films may not have the recognition that other works do. Ultimately, we will discuss whether these films are lacking in the quality of the filmmakers' other works, or if they are, indeed, hidden gems. The films to be screened are: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Tales of Hoffmann (1951; Great Britain), Francois Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player! (1960; France), Roman Polanski's first film, Knife in the Water (1962; Poland), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980; USA), Martin Scorsese's Kundun (1997, USA), and Ang Lee's Lust, Caution (2006, China/Taiwan/USA). The final week will be a surprise screening of a film chosen by the tutor.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to lesser-known works of significant filmmakers from around the world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of film style.
  • Explain the relevance of contexts of production.
  • Articulate ways of understanding a film author's style of filmmaking.
  • Discuss questions of film quality based on style, theme and context.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Films will need to be screened prior to each relevant session. WEA will provide DVDs.

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

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Hidden Gems by Major Film Makers


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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