Film Studies: Five Iconic Films Revisited

Ref: C3678868

Often quoted, referenced or even spoofed, there are some films we feel we are all supposed to have seen - why? From Screen Classics and Award Winners to Art-House and Cult - do all these 'iconic films' really deserve their reputation? We examine why some continue to grow into justified 'cultural corner stones' whilst others will perhaps never be greater than the sum of their parts. What does it take to be a truly iconic film and what do we really understand by the term in the first place? A selection of iconic cinema suitable for beginners and returners. Nosferatu (1922), The Searchers (1956), The Man in the White Suit (1951), E.T (1982), Goldfinger (1964)

Course aim

This course allows students to explore the varying cinematic works all of which may be considered as 'iconic' - increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of what constitutes an iconic film.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be able to analyse, comment on an iconic film.
  • Draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on an iconic film.
  • Demonstrate confidence in discussing the subject area and in particular any aspects of 'iconic film' which one finds important
  • Describe their motivation & enthusiasm for 'iconic films', cinema in general and issues rising from it.

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

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A pen and note book would prove usefull.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre-reading/viewing is required but films will include: Nosferatu (1922), The Searchers (1955), The Man in the White Suit (1951), E.T (1982), Goldfinger (1964)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Could help to ground the participant with skills & knowledge relevant to employment/F.E/H.E education application. Please ask tutor about Certificate of Completetion/Attendance.

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Film Studies: Five Iconic Films Revisited

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