Re-Evaluating The Recent Past in Films

Ref: C3744467

2001 was a year in which some films produced changed the landscape of cinema, and others have been lost to time. This course is designed to look at films from around the world that were critically acclaimed at the time of release - all nominated for significant industry awards - and see if they 'hold up' as well as considering the qualities that determine whether films hold continued relevance. This is a very useful year to consider, as this is still part of cinema's recent history, but allows time for understanding the impacts of memory and stylistic change on filmic legacy. The films we will discuss are: Son of the Bride (Argentina), No Man's Land (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Elling (Norway), Gosford Park (USA/UK), Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (India), and The Royal Tenenbaums (USA). We will discuss one film per week, with the seventh and final week consisting of a course recap and a film to be chosen by the tutor.

Course aim

This course looks at critically acclaimed films from 2001 produced internationally. This will help us to understand their relevant cultural landscapes, and consider their continued legacies and qualities over time.

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:

  • Explain recent historical contexts of international filmmaking.
  • Analyse films based on both historical and contemporary contributions.
  • Critique continuing relevance and legacies of films made in the recent past.

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?

  • 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?

  • You will need to be able to have access to DVD players or streaming platforms in order to watch the movies for this course prior to lectures.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Film viewing is required prior to the sessions.

What can I do next?

  • 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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Re-Evaluating The Recent Past in Films


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