Film studies: Five Great Directors and Their Present-Day Heirs

Ref: C3680241

The course will make a retrospective assessment of the films of Alfred Hitchcock (Vertigo), Orson Welles (Citizen Kane), Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai), Frederico Fellini (La Dolce Vita) and John Ford (The Searchers). We will consider these filmmakers' influence on modern-day directors such as Martin Scorcese (The Irishman), Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies), Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch), George Lucas (Star Wars) and David Fincher (Gone Girl).

Course aim

The primary aim will be to deepen our ability to critique films made by these directors and recognise the debt current filmmakers owe to them

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • evaluate the contributions that these directors have made to cinema
  • identify various cinematic devices employed by directors
  • appreciate the differing concerns and preoccupations of certain movie-makers
  • recognize the interplay between past masterpieces and contemporary films
  • work efficiently with Zoom and WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Film studies: Five Great Directors and Their Present-Day Heirs

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