Introduction to Film Studies


Prof. Aysha Iqbal

IIT Madras

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The course will focus on some important trends and genres in world cinema, along with key concepts in film studies. It aims to make participants familiar with some major international cinematic figures and films.


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Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan is professor of film studies, drama and popular culture in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Among her several books are Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors(ed.) Sage: New Delhi, 2017, Post-liberalization Indian Novels in English: Global Reception & Politics of Award London: ANTHEM, 2013.  Her books on communication include English for Technical Communication, and English for Nurses and English for the Hotel Industry

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Course Details

1.Cinema and Modernism
2. Semiotics of Films
3. Realism
4. Editing in Cinema
5. Film Theory
6. Character in cinema
7. Plot in Cinema
8. Colour Theory and Cinema
9. Ideology in Cinema
10. Intertextuality and Films
11. French new wave
12. German Expressionism
13. Italian Neo-Realism
14. Great European Directors:  Jean Renoir
15. Luis Bunuel
16. Robert Bresson (1907-1999)
17. Classic Hollywood
18.The Cinema of Orson Welles
19. New Hollywood
20. Counterculture and cinema
21. Auteur Theory: Alfred Hitchcock
22. Martin Scorsese
23. Michael Mann
24. The Cinema of David Cronenberg
25. Film Genres
26. The Western
27. Film Noir
28. Gangster Cinema
29. Melodrama
30. Anthology Films
31. Films about Media
32. Japanese Cinema
33. Chinese Cinema
34. Representations of Small towns in Films
35. Representation of City in Cinema
36. Film remakes & sequels
37. Stardom
38. Key Film Texts
39. Key Concepts 1
40. Key Concepts 2

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