Classics of the Cinema

Ref: C2342707

During the course we will look at six films which are generally considered to be classics and discuss why this might be the case. The films date from the silent era up to more recent times and a number of genres (film noir, historical epic, western amongst others) will be represented. The films are all very enjoyable and thought-provoking and will appeal whether you are a committed student of film or not!

Course aim

We will examine six films which by general consent are considered to be classics and try to arrive at an idea of what they have in common (if anything!) and what makes them classical

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss what features a classic film might have
  • Understand the films under discussion in some detail
  • Have a fuller understanding of what constitutes the genre of a film
  • Identify some of stylistic characteristics of the directors under discussion
  • Ruminate on how films create meaning

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • 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

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.)

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 another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Classics of the Cinema

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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