The History of World Cinema 2

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373DSVK2 ZK 3 6T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The lecture and screening series aim, in the three semesters, is to provide a basic knowledge of the development of world cinema from its prehistory to the 1980s, particularly its most significant types, genres, currents, styles and figures from the aspect of the entire cinematic repository, including politics, economics, arts and from the viewpoint of lifestyle of the audience, etc.

The lectures and screenings are the basic knowledge, necessary for a better understanding of the context of the specialized lectures.

Mode of study

Lecture supplemented by film samples and study projects.

Information from lecture is supplemented by study of presented literature and individual „close reading“ of recommended films.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Knowledge of the history of world cinema up to 1945, general knowledge of world literature, fine arts, photography and world history. Knowledge of English as well.

Course contents

Three-semester lectures in the history of world film designed as a comprehensive introduction to the history of film for first and second year students. The lectures attempt, in accordance with so called new film history, to acquaint students not only with the aesthetic and biographic aspects of cinema (artistically significant artists and currents, their mutual relationships, links to other types of art, etc.) but as well with the social-cutural, economic and institutional, which defined cinema to a certain extent and which also influence them. This course is supplemented with regular screenings of selected films.


  1. (13.2.) World and Czech Animated Film 1945 - 1960

Lecturer: Edgar Dutka

Screening: Berthold Bartosch: The Idea (1932)

2nd film: Jiří Trnka: Staré pověsti české (Old Czech Legends, 1952)

Supplementary reading: Dutka, Edgar: Minimum z dějin světové animace. NAMU, Praha 2004; Scénáristika animovaného filmu / minimum z historie české animace, NAMU, Praha 2006

2.(20.2.) Russian and German Cinema 1930-45 (film and propaganda)

Lecturer:Jan Bernard

Screening: Zid Sussˇ(Veit Harlan), DVD Čapajev (Vasiljevové, 1934)

Supplementary reading: Jireš, Jaromil: Totalitní kýč (dostupné v knihovně FAMU); Taylor, Richard: Filmová propaganda:Sovětské Rusko a nacistické Německo. Academia, Praha 2016; Kašpar, Lukáš: Český hraný film a filmaři za protektorátu: propaganda, kolaborace, rezistence. Libri, Praha 2007

  1. (27.2) (8.3.) Post-war Britain and Scandinavia

Lecturer: Jan Bernard

Screening: Analysis class Vaclav Kadrnka - Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)

2nd. film: Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949) DVD

  1. (6.3.) Scandinavia in 1960s and 70s.

Lecturer: Viera Langerová

Analysis class - Adam Brothanek

Screening: Persona (1966) Ingmar Bergman

2nd. film Elvira Madiganová (1967) Bo Widerberg, and Cries and Whispers (1973, Ingmar Bergman), Emigres (1970) Jan Troell, The War Games (1962) Mai Zetterling, Adalen (1969) Bo Widerberg, I am Curious - Yellow (1967) and I am Curious - Blue (1968) Vilgot Sjoman

Supplementary Literature: Merhaut, Václav: Tradice a současnost švédského filmu. ČsFÚ Praha, 1989

  1. (13.3.) Post-War French Cinema

Lecturer: Jan Bernard?

Screening: Analysis class Marek Jicha - La Terra Trema (L. Visconti)

1st and 2nd film: The School for Postmen (Jacques Tati), Orpheus (1949, Jean Cocteau, Library DVD)

  1. (20.3) Poválečný americký film (do konce 50. let) I

Přednášející: Jan Bernard

Projekce: Analysis class - Michal Bohm – Touch of Evil (O. Welles)

  1. film: Sunset boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
  2. (27.3.) France - new wave of the 60s and 70s

Lecturer: Vít Janeček

Screening: Analysis class Jakub Kudlac 0 Bláznivý Petříček (J-L. Godard) film from NFA

2nd. film: Au Hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)

  1. (3.4.) Post-war American film (until the end of the 1950s)

Lecturer: Jan Bernard

Screening: Analysis class Ivo Trajkov - At High Noon (1952, F. Zinneman) film from NFA

  1. (10.4.) American Film Avant Garde 1940. – 60s

Lecturer: Martin Čihák

Screenig: M. Derenová, A. Hammid: At Land (1943); Kenneth Anger Fireworks (1947);

Robert Frank: Pull My Daisy (1959); Stan Vanderbeek: Science Friction ( 1959), Robert Breer: Eyewash (1959), Stan Brakhage: Mothlight (1963), Stan Brakhage: Dog Star Man (1961-64), Paul Sharits: T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1968), Bruce Conner: Report (1963-67), James Whitney: Lapis (1963-66), Jonas Mekas: Walden: Diaries, Notes & Sketches (1969).

All films on DVD or VHS from the FAMU video library

Supplementary reading: P. Adams Sitnery: Visionary film.

  1. (17.4.) Italian and German post-war film

Lecturer: Vít Janeček

Projekce: Analysis class Vít Janeček + Bohdan Sláma - Bicycle Thieves (1948, Vittorio De Sica)

  1. film: Paisa' (1946, Roberto Rossellini)
  2. (24.4.) Soviet Cinematography of the 1960s

Lecturer: Tomáš Hála

Projekce: Analysis class - Vít Janeček – Pirosmani (G. Shengelaia) Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergej Paradžanov, 1965, dvd)

Supplementary Literature: Bernard, Jan: Národní kinematografie Sovětského svazu. ČsFÚ Praha, 1989

  1. (1.5.) Rise of Latin-American Cinematography and start of the New Wave in Latin America

Lecturer: Viera Langerová

Projekce: Black God, White Devil (1964) Glauber Rocha.

  1. film: The Worman of the Port, Dir. Arcady Boytler

Additional films: Blood of the Condor or The Principal Enemy- both directet by Jorge Sanjines or Rio, Northern Zone or Barren Lives both directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos or Green Wall directed by Robloy Godes or Bye bye Brasil, directed by Carlos Diegues or Reed Insurgent, directed by Paul Leduc, María Candelaria

Recommended or required reading


Davida Bordwella and Kristin Thompson: Dějiny filmu, NAMU+NLN Praha 2007. (FAMU Students in day study have the opportunity to buy, until sold out, a limited number of this book at the FAMU Library with a discount.) It is sufficient to read only those parts of the book with cover the periods covered in the semester's lectures.


D´Agostini, Paolo: Legendární filmy, Praha 1989; Sova, Dawn B.: Zakázané filmy, Praha 2005; Toterberg, Michael (ed): Lexikon světového filmu, Praha - Litvínov 2005)

Supplementary readings for individual lectures are mainly found in the syllabuses on the webpages of CAS.

Assessment methods and criteria

Each (of the three) semesters in the series is concluded with an oral exam in which one of the fundamental topics is tested. The second is supplementary and the third is about a film. (execept in very exceptional and significant cases, knowledge of the exact year of production of a film or phenomenon will not be required: +/- 5 year precision is sufficient, ex; half of the 20s, turn of the 40s to 50s, beginning of the 60s, etc.)

Attendance is a requirement for grading - attendance at screenings is required - 3 absences are allowed.


The aim of this lecture and screening cycle is, in three semesters, to give fundamental knowledge of the development of world cinema from its pre-history to the 1980s, particularly, the most important types, genres, directions, styles and persons from a standpoint of the overall cinema, i.e. including political, economic, artistic relationships and people's lifestyles, etc.

The lectures and screenings are the foundational knowledge necessary for a better understanding of the relationships of specialized lectures.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

room 124
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Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 09:00–11:25 Jan BERNARD Projection Room
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Wed 11:30–13:55 Jan BERNARD Room No. 1
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