Multiculturality in Cinematography 1

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306RMK1 Z 2 24S Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aim is to rejuvenate the existing study of religious symbols (as a part of culture) at FAMU by replacing the broader original study with the title „Dramaturgical Analyses of Biblical Stories and Figures“ with a new study entitled "Considerations of Multi-culturalness and Religious Pluralism in modern film.

The aim is to present in an introductory study in modern Western culture no only as a merely Christian society but primarily as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious culture and as it is reflected in modern film. Effort will be made to demarcate the perspectives of the course including potential inter-disciplinary collaboration with other artistic and humanities studies.

Mode of study

The extent of the course is 4 instruction classes one every 14 days. Four instruction classes are set out as one hour lecture and three class instruction hours. Students have, during the course of the academic year, enough time for individual preparations for the course (independent study of film materials). Enough space is assured for screenings of selected film examples for topics and discussions about them.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

A necessary requirement for successful completion of the course is a basic good orientation of the students in modern film and independent work in the classes, including ability to consider one's own motivations and behaviour. An elementary knowledge of religions is welcomed, but one's own confession (religious affiliation and membership in a church) is not required.

Course contents

  1. Adam and Eve. The creation and fall of man. Good and evil. Defiance and rebellion.
  2. Symbols of paradise in film 1.

The Christian concept of paradise - Adam and Eve, creation and fall of man

good and evil, defiance and rebellion, emancipation

  1. Symbols of paradies in film 2.

Image of paradise in other religions - life after death, burial rituals, image of the ideal place

concept of paradise in advertisement

  1. Death of John the Baptist. Guilt and obediance. Guilt and innocence, force majeure, law and justice
  2. Cain and Abel, pain and anger. the victim, justice and punishment
  3. Jesus and sinners in the house of the Pharises. The child - parent - adult. Sense and feeling.
  4. Abraham, Sarah and Hagar. The internal world of man. Emotions. Extreme limitations. Dominance and submissiveness.
  5. Joseph and Potifar's wife. Injury to the ego. The dream and reality as desire and their realization. Jealousy. Loving relationships.
  6. The Ten Commandments.
  7. The Ten Commandments in film

the filmmakers context of the developed topic

Christianity vs. Judaism

period context development of the topic - moral imperatives of the time

inter-culturalness - The Ten Commandments as a common element of Judaism and Christianity.

  1. Naming Saul the king. David and Goliath. The hero and anti-hero.
  2. Depiction of God in film. The Passion as a dramatic story.

Religious - societal context of film with this topic

Jesus topics.

  1. The principle of the „called“ in film.
  2. Depiction of the devil in film. The symbol of the devil in the Western context.
  3. Depiction of evil in Christian film

The symbol of the devil in the Western cultural context.

Religious - societal context of film with this topic

  1. The symbol of evil in the context of other cultures and religions.

Evil as a dramatic element of the film narrative

Voodoo, magic, Satanism

  1. Depicting rituals in film
  2. Depicting rituals in film 1.

Christian rituals as dramatic elements of the film narrative

Confession, weddings, burials, christening, exorcism, etc.

  1. Depicting rituals in film 2.

Rituals as cultural symbols in film

natural religions, Buddhism, Crypto-religious societies, etc.

  1. Large religious systems - Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  2. Large religious systems in film 1.

Christianity - Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Charismatic societies, Ecumenical movments.

  1. Large religious systems in film 2.

Excursions to so-called world religions as part of modern Euro-American cultures - Judaism.

  1. Large religious systems in film 3.

Excursions to so-called world religions as part of modern Euro-American cultures - Islam.

Recommended or required reading




Monaco, James. JAK ČÍST FILM ? SVĚT FILMŮ, MÉDIÍ A MULTIMÉDIÍ - UMĚNÍ, TECHNOLOGIE, JAZYK, DĚJINY, TEORIE. Praha, Albatros 2004 (kapitola 3 ? Jazyk filmu: znaky a syntaxe, s.148 ? 223).

BIBLE. PÍSMO SVATÉ STARÉHOA NOVÉHO ZÁKONA. Ekumenický překlad podle vydání z roku 1985.

Remeš, Prokop a Halamová Alena. NAHÁ ŽENA NA STŘEŠE, Praha, Portál 2004.

and others.


I Confess, režie Alfred Hitchcock, 1953.

Rosemary´s Baby, režie Roman Polanski, 1968.

Angel Heart, režie Alan Parker, 1987.

Dead Man, režie Jim Jarmusch, 1995.

The Last Temptation of Christ, režie Martin Scorsese, 1988.

and others.

Assessment methods and criteria

70% attendance

Completion of the final exam.


The course with the title „Dramaturgical Analyses of Biblical Stories and Figures“ has been replaced by a wider content block "Considerations of Multi-culturalness and Religious Pluralism in moder film. This innovated Editing Dept. course is part of the 741/2010 FRVŠ grant project.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 308
Room No. 5

(Lažanský palác)

(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 14:50–18:05 Libuše MARTÍNKOVÁ Room No. 5
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans