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Film Theory II

Code 13100
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cinema
Entry requirements Some filmography and bibliography will be avaiable in English.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes At the end of this course, students should be able to:
a) to identify and master conceptually the main theories of modern cinema;
b) critically and reflexively establish the relationship between cinematic theory and practice;
c) understand the evolution of the aesthetic and technological paradigms in the history of cinema theories.
Syllabus 1. From Pre-Cinema to Post-Cinemas.
1.1. Benjamin and technical reproducibility.
1.2. Jenkins and the digital transformation.
2. Post-Cinemas. André Parente: the three dimensions of Cinema Form (Architecture, Technology and Discourse). 2.1. Categories: Expanded Cinema, Performing Cinema, Interactive Cinema, Film Essay and Archive Cinema.
3. Digital Cinema. Lev Manovich: from kino-eye to kino-brush.
4. Transmedialities and intertextualities.
4.1. Music videos: narrativity, performance and cinema of attractions.
4.2. Video games: narrativity, interactivity and performance; mise-en-scène and editing.
4.3. Television: narrativity, editing and mise-en-scène.
5. The viewer and the new visual cultures.
5.1. Screen Theory: deconstruction and apparatus.
5.2. The “hybridization of alternatives”: The desire according to Mulvey and Zizek.
6. Cinephilia and Film Culture.
6.1. Aesthetic genealogies through citation and referencing.
6.2. The Audiovisual Essay and Digital Cinephilia
Main Bibliography Benjamin, W. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1935)
Fossati, G. “YouTube as a Mirror Maze” (2009)
Galloway, A. "Origins of the First-Person Shooter" (2006)
Hagener, M. & T. Elsaesser “Digital Cinema and Film Theory – The Body Digital” (2007)
Jenkins, H. "The work of theory in the age of digital transformation" (1999)
Manovich, L. "What is Digital Cinema?" (2002)
Mittel, J. "Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television" (2006)
Mulvey, L. “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” (1975)
Parente, A. "O Acontecimento Cinema: Entrevista a André Parente” (2015)
Stiegler, B. “The Carnival of the New Screen: From Hegemony to Isonomy” (2009)

Benning, J. RR (2007)
Conner, B. Breakway (1966)
Fiennes, S. The Pervert’s Guido to Cinema (2006)
Hitchcock, A. Rear Window (1958)
Jonze, S. Praise You (1999)
Murai, H. This is America (2018)
Parente, A. Circulandô (2011)
Van Sant, G. Elephant (2003)
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Reading and analysis of reference texts.
Viewing and analysis of excerpts from cinematographic, audiovisual and digital works.
Development of practical work based on theoretical approaches.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-24

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