Experimental Film

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
373EF ZK 3 4T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

A survey of the historical development of global and Czech experimental film from the 1950s to 90s.

Mode of study

Lectures with screenings

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

This course provides a general historical excursion into experimental film between the American underground and the end of the 1990s in Europe. each lecture presents one historically limited period through key filmmakers and films. The first part of the course covers various aspects of early American experimental film and their structural, abstract and collage forms in the 1970s. The second part of the course is devoted to important European historical trends such as structural-materialist films, the Vienna forma school and its continuation in the creations of artists in the 1980s. Particular chapters are devoted to experimental film of Central and Eastern Europe.

Detailed syllabus:


Recommended or required reading

A detailed survey of films and literature can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10g5C1mBcFk7azWEtksZKHYvOcs_yiJfWB_Z-woPhiOE/edit?usp=sharing.

Recommended literature:

Rees, A. L. A History of Experimental Film and Video, BFI 1999.

Sitney, P. A. Visionary Film. Oxford Press, 2002.

Rees A. L. ed. Expanded Cinema, Art, Performance, Film. BFI 2011.

Gidal, Peter (ed). Structural Film Anthology. BFI 1976.

Mazanec, Martin ed. Peter Kubelka. Pastiche filmz 2008.

Export, Valie. Expanded Cinema as Expanded Reality. In Senses of Cinema, Oct-2003.

Pfeffer, Susanne ed. You Killed Me First - The Cinema of Transgression, KW Berlin, 2012

Romberg, James. Wojnarowicz's Apostacy, on-line, 2010

Noll Brinckmann, Christine. Collective Movements and Solitary Thrusts: German Experimental Film 1920-1990, Millennium Film Journal, 30/31 1997

Fischli-Ferber eds. The German Experimental Film of The 1990s, Goethe Institut 1996

Clark, George. Arnold, Brehm, Deutsch and Tscherkassky: Four Contemporary Austrian Avant-garde Filmmakers. in Senses Of Cinema, 2003

Gunning, Tom. From Fossils of Time to a Cinematic Genesis - Gustav Deutschs Film ist. Gustav Deutsch, Filmmuseum - Synema Publications, 2009

Horwath, Alexander. Singing in the Rain - Supercinematography by Peter Tscherkassky. in Senses Of Cinema, 2003

Blažíček, Martin. Martin Arnold - Profil. in Cinepur, 68/2010

Kluczynski, Ryszard, W. Four chapters from the History of Polish avantgarde film [online].

Horton, Andrew, J. Avant-garde film and video in Poland. CE Review [online].

Nemes, Gyula. Studio Bély Balázse. Dizertační práce, FAMU, 2014.

Blažíček, Martin. Szirtes András - Gravitace mezi životem a filmem. in Cinpeur 53/2007

Assessment methods and criteria

Knowledge of films shown, a report on a selected topic from lecture material of 3 standard pages, oral exam.



Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 124
Projection Room

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