Alfred Hitchcock 2022-23
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 2
Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the most notable example of a director whose films were popular both with audiences and with critics seeking to establish the credibility of film as an art form. His work provides a case-study for theories of film authorship; for understanding different national cinemas and studio systems; and for a particular genre, the thriller.
In addition, the popularity and accessibility of Hitchcock’s films also raise questions concerning narrative and spectatorial pleasure, while his techniques and themes raise theoretical questions about the gaze, gender, sexuality, and identity and consequently provide an opportunity to explore the interrelation of film theory and film practice.
Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the most notable example of a director whose films were popular both with audiences and with critics seeking to establish the credibility of film as an art form. His work provides a case-study of theories of authorship; of different national cinemas and studio systems, and of a particular genre, the thriller. In addition, the popularity and accessibility of Hitchcock’s films also raise questions concerning narrative, spectatorial pleasure, the gaze, and gender, and consequently provide an opportunity to explore the interrelation and limits of film theory and film practice
-threshold -Typically, work graded D- to D+ (or 40 to 49) will show many of the following qualities: •Unsure and lacking in confidence when discussing ideas •Referring to the subject in question in a superficial manner •Making an effort to provide fairly balanced answers •Some points in the argument irrelevant to the topic •Little evidence of background reading •Some uncertainty over language and syntax •Strengths and weaknesses fairly balanced; occasionally clumsy and unimaginative •In creative work: superficial •Not succeeding in mastering the requirements of the medium
-good -Typically, work graded B- to B+ (or 60 to 69) will show many of the following qualities: •Discusses ideas adeptly •Most of the arguments about a specific field are well-aired •Displays knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is relevant •Shows analytical and clear thought •Gives evidence of relevant reading •Shows accuracy in expression with mastery over language. •A few minor errors here and there. •Signs of creative thought deserve a higher position within the class •In creative work: shows signs of originality, having understood the requirements of the medium •Plans of well-balanced and full answers, despite some gaps
-excellent -Typically, work graded A- to A** (or 70 to 100) will show many of the following qualities: •Discusses ideas with confidence and precision •Demonstrates maturity and sophistication •Displays deep knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is totally relevant •Shows independent, analytical and clear thought •Gives evidence of substantial and relevant reading •Shows great accuracy in expression, displaying total mastery over all aspects of the language •Shows occasional signs of brilliance and originality of thought •In creative work: displays considerable originality •Command over medium; may have potential for publication/production
- Ability to analyse images, narratives, and other aspects of audio-visual texts.
- Ability to apply film theories to the study of individual films.
- Select, digest and organise material and produce a consistent and coherent argument, presented in both presentation and essay forms, to a deadline.
- Understand the concept and main critiques of film authorship.
- Understand the social, historical, cultural and institutional contexts of film production.
In this mid-term assessment, you will need to record and submit a ten minute presentation. You will present a brief visual analysis of a scene from a film studied on the module, selected from a list provided by the module organiser, and make reference to at least one piece of secondary reading (from the module readings or from your own research) which helped to develop your analysis.
One 2,500 word essay from a list of pre-circulated questions where you will engage with a key critical issue from the module