The History of World Cinema 3

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the lecture series and screenings is, in the three semesters, to provide a basic knowledge of the development of world cinema from its prehistory to the 1980s, particularly regarding the most important types, genres, currents, styles and figures in the entirety of cinema. This includes political, economic and artistic contexts, audience lifestyle, etc. The lectures and screenings are the foundation of knowledge necessary for a better understanding of the related 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 on the history of world film conceived as a comprehensive introduction to the history of world film for first- and second-year students. The lectures attempt, in accordance with so called new film history, to familiarize students not only with the aesthetic and biographic level of the history of cinematography (artistically important artists and directions, their mutual relationships, links to other arts, etc.) but also to socio-cultural, economic and institutional resolution, which the cinematography of that period to a significant extent determines and which is retroactively influenced. The course is supplemented with regular screenings of selected films.

Requirements to pass the course:

  1. reading of required literature
  2. viewing of required films

An inseparable part of the lecture material in each lecture is viewing required films which at least one will be shown in the school at the lecture, and others must be viewed by the students independently. With exceptions, some films screened during lecture are all required films available on VHS or DVD at t he FAMU Videolibrary.

Attention: part of the exam is a verification of knowledge fo the films

  1. knowledge of lecture material

Attention: part of the exam is a verification of knowledge of the films screened in the screening analysis classes and their contextual interpretation.

  1. Weds. 2. 10. | American Cinematography 1960-1990 (I)

Lecturer: Jan Bernard

  1. Weds 9. 10. | Middle East Cinematography (primarily Egypt, Iran, Syrie, Irak, Izrael, Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine)

Lecturer: Viera Langerová

  1. Weds 16. 10. | American Cinematography 1960-1990 (II)

Lecturer: Jan Bernard

  1. Weds 23. 10. | Italy after Neorealism

Lecturer: Veronika Klusáková

  1. | Weds 30. 10. | Animated film 1960-2000

Lecturer: Edgar Dutka

  1. Weds 6. 11. | Free Cinema and “Kitchen Sink Cinematography" in Great Britain

Lecturer: Veronika Klusáková

  1. Weds 13. 11. | Asian Cinematogaphy 1970-2000

Lecturer: Jiří Flígl

  1. Weds 20. 11. | European film of the 1980s and 90s

Lecturer: Veronika Klusáková

  1. Weds 27. 11. | Eastern European Cinematography (Polish cinema of moral unrest)

Lecturer: Veronika Klusáková

10.Weds 4. 12. | European Experimental film from 1960-1990

Lecturer: Martin Čihák

  1. Weds 11. 12. | Documentary film 1960-1990

Lecturer: Petr Kubica

  1. Weds 18. 12. | Canadian Cinematography

Lecturer: Jan Bernard

Recommended or required reading

Bordwell, David a Kristin Thompson. Dějiny filmu. Praha: NAMU+NLN, 2011.

Dutka, Edgar. Minimum z dějin světové animace. Praha 2012.

Barnow, Eric. Documentary. A History of the Non-fiction Film. 2. Vydání. OUP, 1993.

Krämer, Peter. The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars. London: Wallflower Press, 2006.

Assessment methods and criteria

Each semester is concluded with an oral exam in which one of the basic topics is queried, and the second is a supplementary question on one film.

Requirement for grading - attendance - participation in film screening is obligatory - 3 absences per semester are tolerated.


1. 1960s and 70s, France (+ general situations of the 1960s)

  1. Italie and original film in Western Europe in the 1960s and 70s.
  2. Cinema in Eastern Europe (Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary) in the 1960s and 70s.

4. 1960s and 70s, Germany and Great Britain.

  1. Soviet Cinema 1960-2000.
  2. European Film of the 1980s and 90s.
  3. The cinema of Asia, Canada, Australia 1980-2000.
  4. African and Latin American Cinema (looking back to the 1940s and 50s)
  5. Documentary film 1960-1990.
  6. Animated film 1960-1990.
  7. American Cinema 1960-1990.
  8. Experimental film 1960-1990

Instructors: Prof. PhDr. Jan Bernard a kolektiv (Mgr. Helena Bendová, Doc. PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, PhDr. Michal Bregant, Prof. PhDr. Jiří Cieslar, RNDr. Martin Čihák, Mgr. Tereza Dvořáková, Mgr. Vít Janeček, Mgr. Petr Kubica, MgA. Robert Silverio, PhD., Mgr. Pavel Skopal, Prof. PhDr. Stanislav Ulver)

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 207
Room No. 2

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 09:00–13:55 Veronika KLUSÁKOVÁ Room No. 2
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