Focus on Film History and Theory 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311FHT2 exam 3 3 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 44 to 59 hours of self-study English summer

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The main aim of the course is to prepare students to their state exam from film history and theory, therefore its content overlaps with the state exam questions. During the course following themes (and questions) will be covered:

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will:

Prerequisites and other requirements



BAZIN, André. What Is Cinema? Montreal: Caboose, 2009. Print.

BERNARD, Sheila Curran. Documentary Storytelling. New York: Routledge, 2015.

BORDWELL, David, THOMPSON, Kristin. Film Art: An Introduction. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2010. Print.

BORDWELL, David, THOMPSON, Kristin. Film History: An Introduction. The McGraw Hill Higher Education, International Edition, 2003. Print.

BORDWELL, David. On the history of film style. 2nd printing. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999. x, 322 s.

CALDWELL, John Thornton. Production Culture. Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television. Duke University Press Books, 2008.

COOK, David A. A History of Narrative Film. New York: W. W. Norton, 2016. Print.

DANCYGER, Ken. The Technique of Film and Video Editing. Routledge, 2010.

HAYWARD, Susan. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. New York: Routledge, 2000. Print.

CHION, Michel. Audio-vision : sound on screen. New York: Columbia University, 1994. 239 s.

KOZLOFF, Sarah. Invisible Storytellers: Voice-Over Narration in American Fiction Film. University of California Press, 1989. Print.

KOZLOFF, Sarah. Overhearing Film Dialogue. Ewing, NJ: University of California Press, 2000. Print.

LEGRICE, Malcolm. Abstract Film and Beyond. London: MIT Press, 1977.

Movies and Methods. Ed. NICHOLS, Bill. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1976 (vol. 1 + vol. 2). Print.

NICHOLS, Bill. Introduction to Documentary. Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2001.

PETERSON, James. Dreams of Chaos, Visions of Order: Understanding the American Avant-Garde Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1994.

REISZ, Karel. The Technique of Film Editing. New York: Routledge, 2009.

SONNENSCHEIN, David. Sound design: the expressive power of music, voice, and sound effects in cinema. Studio City: Michael Wiese Production, 2001. 243 s. ISBN 97-8-0941188-26-5

SITNEY, P. Adams. Visionary Film. The American Avant-Garde, 1943 – 2000. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

VERTOV, Dziga. Kino-Eye: The Writings of Dziga Vertov. University of California Press, 1984. Print.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Students are expected to attend all classes. Participation to class discussion will be significantly taken into account in the final grade. Final Test on the material covered in the course, 10 questions, each for 5 % of the grade.

The course grade will be calculated as follows:



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

room 241
Room No. 3

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Fri 09:50–14:45 Petra DOMINKOVÁ Room No. 3
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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