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Philosophy of Film

Code 13588
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cinema
Entry requirements Nothing to add.
Mode of delivery Presential.
Work placements Not suitable.
Learning outcomes This course aims to approach cinema in a philosophical perspective. It is intended to question cinema from feminist film studies, relating cinema, representativeness and human rights.

Syllabus - Proposals for a common genealogy of human rights and feminisms. The philosophical and political foundation of women's rights and the emergence of the seventh art.
- What is cinema? Do art and cinema think? How to create a philosophy of cinema?
- The first female filmmakers: the cases of Alice Guy Blaché (France, 1863 – 1968), Lois Weber (USA, 1879 – 1939) and Germaine Dulac (France, 1882 – 1942).
- Feminism applied to cinema. Reflection on proposals by Laura Mulvey, Claire Johnston, Annette Kuhn, Teresa de Lauretis and Christine Gledhill, among others.
- Criticism of classic Hollywood cinema and the perpetuation of stereotypes. The spectator as voyeur.
- Proposing alternatives to exploring pleasure and sexuality on the screen.
- The use of self-writing in the creation of contemporary documentaries.
- From the universal spectator to the need to create own identification mechanisms.
Main Bibliography Holanda, K. (org.), 2019). Mulheres de cinema. Rio de Janeiro: Numa Editora.
Kuhn, A. (1991). Women’s pictures, Feminism and Cinema // Cine de mujeres, Feminismo y Cine. Madrid: Catedra, Signo e Imagen.
Ranciére, J. (2010). O espectador emancipado. Lisboa: Orfeu Negro.
Sontag, S. (2015). Olhando o sofrimento dos outros. Lisboa: Quetzal Editores.

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Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The curricular unit articulates the two aspects, theoretical and practical, with exposition, invitation to reflection and debate and organization of thematic activities. The evaluation criteria are:
- Active participation in classes and jury at the Porto Femme film festival: 40%
- 10-page paper OR audiovisual essay: analysis of one or more films, according to gender perspectives, worked on throughout the semester: 60%
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-03-02

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