Documentary film - reflection and methods 1

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303DRM1 ZK 3 18S Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Study results:

Students expand knowledge from the History of Documentary Film course.

Students recognize various approaches in considering documentary film in relation to method.

Students participate in the teaching process.

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Course contents

The aim of the coruse is to open up to studens a historical horizon of examining documentary film in a manner which leads to an expansion of knowledge of the diverse whole of various approaches. The course will combine reviews of empirical work (theory for practice) and a more systematic approach to various aspects of researching the relations between film and reality. In instruction there is space for student participation - each student prepares, during the semester, at least 1 lecture and submits completed preparations / presentation.

Topic scope:

The first class is in part devoted to lecture which unfolds the map of literature and online sources and topics which come up, particularly in the post-war period of film review to the present. Students, according to that „map“ decide to further study that which will interest each one and at the second meeting we will put together a map of topics and student lectures / starting point for course review for the entire semester. Following this is an instructor model lecture devoted to hermeneutics which refers to the simplest text and synthesis of a type of Convention and importance in film (John Carey) to a complex view on the reivew of cinematorgraphy types Making Meaning - Inference and Rhetorics in the Interpretation of Cinema (David Bordwell)

Further classes will be original student lectures with the instructor in the role of the moderator and mentor of preparations whose submission (or with presentation materials), create the basis for grading in this course.

Students will be able to rely on reflective texts written by filmmakers as well as purely theory bases. Therefore, the link joining topic starting points will connect film and reality. The starting literature selection enables a relation to the hermeneutics of other disciplines in the entire spectrum of a representation of reality; from static spatial domain types of a graphic arts to narratology and other perspectives of temporal discipline.

The course will not have the same content structure each year but its course will be determined by the given group of students. Part of the history of this course will be a list of topics and authors which will create its core each given year. Part of SZZK will be a questions from documentary theory / review which will be selected directly from this list.

Recommended or required reading

The literature listed here represents examples and particular types of publications; from filmmaker review collections and earliest theorists on around the beginning of film to the middle of the 1920s and to the shift in synthesis of those topics from the post-war period to the present:

NICHOLS, Bill. Movies and Methods, Volume 1. University of California Press, 1976, 700 s. ISBN 0520031512

BORDWELL, David. Making Meaning. Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema. Harvard Film Studies. 1991. 352 s. ISBN 9780674543362

NICHOLS Bill. Ideology and the Image: Social Representation in the Cinema and Other Media. Indiana Univ Pr, 1981, 334 s. ISBN 0253182875

NICHOLS Bill. Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary. Indiana University Press, 1991, 313 s.

HAYWARD, Susan. Cinema Studies: The key copcepts. Psychology Press, 200, 528 s.

ZUSKA, Vlastimil. Sborník filmové teorie. [Díl] 1, Angloamerické studie. Překlad Stanislav Ulver. 1. vyd. Praha: Český filmový ústav, 1991. 159 s. ISBN 80-7004-066-1.

FRANCASTEL, Pierre. Malířství a společnost: výtvarný prostor od renesance ke kubismu. Vyd. 1. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2003. 163 s., lxxii s. obr. příl. Dějiny a teorie umění; sv. 4. ISBN 80-86598-49-7.

STANZEL, Franz K. Teorie vyprávění. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1988. 321 s. Ars. Literárněvědná řada.

Sborníky DO and others

Assessment methods and criteria

70% attendance instruction, joining in debates and dramaturgy analyses (30%)

Lecture preparation, submission of completed preparations/presentation (40%)

The final test checks knowledge of concepts worked with during the semester (30%)


This course is available once every 2 years (the earliest in the 2020/2021 academic year)

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