You need to submit a portfolio of five entries on films seen in this unit. They should be about 1000 words each (+/- 200).
Each entry should focus on one general aspect of the films chosen. Each entry will be about a DIFFERENT aspect and a DIFFERENT film from the ones seen between week 1-10 (up to the submission date). The films we will see are listed in the unit programme.
Write at the top of each section WHICH ASPECT you are writing about.
You may choose to write about:
- character and characterisation
- narrative, plot and story
- mise-en-scene (including camera work)
- social / historical / cultural context
For some of these areas, you might want to write about the film as a whole, for others, you might want to focus on sections of the film (for example, in mise-en-scene analysis).
The purpose of this assignment is to give you the skills to be an active and hopefully more perceptive viewer. Watching films for this module is a different activity from watching films purely for enjoyment, or watching films on tv for relaxation. It is an active, thinking exercise. You should of course watch films or part of films more than once.
The movies are :1. Memories of Murder (South Korea, Joon-Ho Bong, 2003)
2. Pan's Labyrinth (Spain/Mexico, Guillermo del Toro, 2006)
3. All About My Mother (Spain, Almodovar, 1999)
4. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain, Almodovar, 1988)
5. This is England (UK, Meadows, 2006)
6. The Return (Russia, Zvyagintsev, 2003)
7. Bicycle Thieves (Italy, De Sica, 1948)
8. The 400 Blows (France, Truffaut, 1959)
9. Kes (UK, Loach, 1969)
10. Fishtank (UK, Arnold, 2009)
You need to chose only 5.
You should present YOUR OWN thoughts and impressions about the films. This makes it slightly different from the essay where research plays an essential role.
Don't present fractured notes about the film.