British Cinema: From
Hitchcock to Morvern Callar.
London Term, Fall 2007
Steve Macek, Instructor
is today enjoying a tremendous renaissance, the British film
industry has long been overshadowed by Hollywood and by the more
prolific, better-funded national cinemas of France, Italy and
Germany. Yet, despite this, British cinema remains a central
fixture of British popular culture and individual British films
and directors have enjoyed considerable international prestige
over the years.
will take a critical look at the tumultuous history of British
cinema from its early years to the present (with a particular
focus on the post-WWII period). It will introduce students to
the significant movements, styles, writers, directors, actors,
films and studios that helped to shape that history. It will
also explore the economic organization of the UK’s film industry
and the role government policy has played in promoting film
production. Special emphasis will be placed on various ways
films produced in the UK have both reflected and commented upon
changes in postwar British society, politics and culture.
to learning about British cinema through the course readings,
lectures and required film screening, we will take group field
trips to some of London’s many film festivals as well as to the
BBC and the British Film Institute.
will write several short film reviews, will complete one
medium-length director (or studio) profile (10-12 pages) and
will take a midterm and a final exam.