Learning about films 1

Ref: C3675692

The term will consider the history of local cinemas and posters and their social impact. We’ll study remakes of movies and other variations on their themes, with particular regard to the four versions of A Star is Born. Japanese cinema has had a note-worthy effect on American films. We'll compare English language adaptations such as A Fistful of Dollars, The Ring, Shall We Dance?, The Magnificent Seven with the originals. Also cinematic techniques associated with Japanese directors. The use of snow in films is employed by filmmakers to create or change mood, to be a hazard or source of delight, to offer aesthetic opportunities for directors of photography etc. The course will examine adventure films (e.g. The Eiger Sanction), those set at Christmas (e.g It's a Wonderful Life), endurance against the elements epics (e.g. Scott of the Antarctic), crime dramas (e.g. Fargo). Weekly homework is studying a film on television.

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:

  • assess the effects of local cinemas on our society and their demise and how foyer posters attempt to promote films.
  • evaluate the similarities and differences of remakes and their target audiences
  • appreciate stylistic, narrative and cultural similarities and differences in the way Japanese and English language films are composed.
  • to enumerate the various ways in which snow is deployed as a facet of movie-making.

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
  • The main additional work undertaken in students' own time will be the weekly watching of a film on television with a view to discussing it at class.

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

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

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
  • 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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Learning about films 1


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