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Film Theory I

Code 13092
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cinema
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes 1. To determine the origins of cinema and its specificity as art.
2.Identify and master conceptually the main theories of Cinema.
3. Identify and creatively establish the relationship between cinematic theory and practice.
Syllabus CHAPTER 1 - CINEMATOGRAPHIC ART
1.1 Genealogy of cinematographic image.
1.2 Optical visuality vs. haptic visuality.
1.3 The invention of the cinematograph: "the myth of the total cinema" and "of the cinematographer to the cinema".
1.4 The sound: the cinema has never been silent.

CHAPTER 2 - STUDIES ON CINEMA
2.1 Presentation of the historical evolution of film theory.
2.2 Theoretical paradigm of “silent” cinema: Formalism - Béla Balázs / Rudolf Arhneim. Theoretical paradigm of “sound” cinema: realistic theory - Bazin and Kracauer.
2.3 Theoretical perspectives:
2.3.1 The cinema of the early days: cinema of attractions.
2.3.2 Contemporary theory: the cognitive approach.
2.3.4 A text/a film: theoretical discourse on films. Presentation of works from book chapters or scientific articles.
Main Bibliography ANDREW, J. Dudley (1976), The Major Film Theories: an introduction, London, Oxford University Press
AUMONT, J.et alii. (1983) A Estética do Filme, 2ª Ed., Papirus Editora [2002]
AUMONT, J. (1990), A Imagem, 8ª Ed., Papirus Editora [2004]
AUMONT, J. (2002) As Teorias dos Cineastas, Campinas, Papirus Editora, [2004]
BAZIN, A. (1975), O que é o Cinema?, Livros Horizonte, 1992
CASETTI, F. (1994), Teorías del Cine, Cátedra
ELSAESSER, T.s (1997), Early Cinema – Space, Frame, Narrative, BFI
ELSAESSER, T. & HAGENER, M. (2009), Film theory-an introduction through the senses, Routledge
KRACAUER, S. (1960), Theory of Film, The Redemption of Physical Reality, Princeton University Press [1997]
PASOLINI, P. P. (1972), Empirismo Hereje, Assírio & Alvim [1982]
STAM, R. (2000), Film theory – an introduction, Blackwell
TARKOVSKY, A. (1986), Sculping in Time, The Great Russian Filmmaker Discusses his Art, Austin, University of Texas Press [1998]
TUDOR, A. (1973), Teorias do Cinema, Edições 70 [1985]
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Bearing in mind that there are classes for the presentation of topics and discussion of texts, the assessment consists of two assessment elements:

1) Frequency (It will be for consultation).

2) Written assignment, with class presentation, which consists of two parts

Part 1: Abstract of a book chapter or scientific article

Part 2: Presentation and framing of a film in this book/article chapter.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-22

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