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 in the history of world film designed as a comprehensive introduction to the history of world film for students in the first and second years of study. The lecture attempts, in accordance with so called new film history, to acquaint students, not only with the aesthetic and biographic levels of the history of cinema (artistically important artists and directions, their interaction, links to other types of art, etc.), but also with the socio-cultural, economic and institutional picture which the cinematography of that time, to a significant extent, is determined and influenced by it. The course is supplemented with regular screenings of selected films.

Requirements for successful completion of the course:

  1. Required readings
  2. Viewing of compulsory films

An inseparable part of the lecture material in each lecture is the viewing of 2 to 3 compulsory films, of which at least one will be shown at the school in the lecture. The others must be viewed by the students independently from the lectures. With exceptions, some films shown during lecture are compulsory films, available on VHS or DVD at the FAMU video library.

Be aware that parts of the exam are verification of knowledge of the compulsory films and their contextual interpretation.

  1. Knowledge of the lecture material

1.(3.10) Middle East Cinema (primarily Egypt, Iran, Syria, Irak, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine)

Lecturer: Viera Langerová

Screening: A Separation (2011), Dir. Asghar Farhadi, Iran

2nd film: Lebanon (2009) Dir. Samuel Maoz, Israel

3rd film: Distant (2002), Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

  1. (10.10.) American cinema 1960-1990, I

Lecturer: Jan Bernard

Film: Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn, dvd)

2nd. film: The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola), Shadows (1959, John Cassavetes)

  1. (17.10.) American Cinema 1960-1990, II

Lecturer: Jan Bernard

Screening: The Graduate or Head XXII (DVD)

2nd film: The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola), Shadows (1959, John Cassavetes)

  1. (24.10.) German New film and Kitchen Sink Cinema in Great Britain

Lecturer: Tereza Dvořáková

Screening Young Torless (1966, Volker Schloendorff)

2nd. film: The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner (1962, Tony Richardson)

  1. (31.10.) Dokumentary film 1960-1990

Lecturer: Petr Kubica

Screening: Paris in May (1963, Chris Marker)

2nd. film: The Primary (1963, Robert Drew and Richard Leacock)

  1. (7.11.) Latin American cinema from the 1960s to the present

Lecturer: Viera Langerova

Screening: Enchanted Earth (1967, Glauber Rocha, Brasil)

2nd film: Amores Perros (2000, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Mexiko)

  1. (14.11) Asian Cinematography 1970-2000

Lecturer: Jiří Flígl

Screening:Long Arm of the Law (Hong Kong 1984) Dir: Johnny Mak; The Crazy Family (Japan, 1984) Dir: Sogo Ishii

  1. film: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, USA 2000) Dir: Ang Lee
  2. (22.11.) European Film of the 1980s and 90s

Lecturer: Helena Bendová

Screening: Werckmeister's Harmony (2000, Béla Tarr, DVD)

  1. film: O, Woe is Me (1993, Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. (28.11.) Eastern European Cinema (Yugoslávia, Poland, Hungary) in the 1960s

Lecturer: Jaromír Blažejovský

Screening: Fresh Breeze (1969, M. Jancsó)

  1. film: A Love Story (1967, Dušan Makavejev)

10 (6.12) European Experimental film 1960s-1990s

Lecturer: Martin Čihák

Screening: Wilhelm and Birgit Hein: Raw film (1968, 20min.) German material film

Marcus Bergner: Thread of Voice (1993, 20min.) - documentary on the Melbourne Arf Arf group which is devoted to phonetic poetry, experimental film and performance.

  1. (13.12.) Animated film 1960-2000

Lecturer: Edgar Dutka

Screening: Masters of Russian Animation

2nd film: Allegro ma non troppo (Bruno Bozzetto)

  1. (19.12.) Canadian Cinema

Lecturer: Jan Bernard

Screening: Ararat (Atom Egoyan, 2002)

2nd film: Crash (David Cronenberg, 1996)

Recommended or required reading


David Bordwell; Kristin Thompson:Dějiny filmu, AMU-LN Praha, 2007 nebo:

W.W.Dixon -G.A. Foster: A Short History of Film , Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2008

(příslušné kapitoly)


General history of cinematography:

David Cook: A history of narrative film. New York 1990.

Gilles Deleuze: Film 1. Obraz-pohyb. Praha 2000.

Gilles Deleuze: Cinema 2. Time-image. London 1989.

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.


  1. 1960s and 70s, France (+ general situations of the 1960s)
  2. Italie and original film in Western Europe in the 1960s and 70s.
  3. Cinema in Eastern Europe (Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary) in the 1960s and 70s.
  4. 1960s and 70s, Germany and Great Britain.
  5. Soviet Cinema 1960-2000.
  6. European Film of the 1980s and 90s.
  7. The cinema of Asia, Canada, Australia 1980-2000.
  8. African and Latin American Cinema (looking back to the 1940s and 50s)
  9. Documentary film 1960-1990.
  10. Animated film 1960-1990.
  11. American Cinema 1960-1990.
  12. 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