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CMS3007 Reading World Cinema

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 January 2023


Before the World Wars halted film production in Europe, it was European cinemas - not Hollywood - that were the dominant film cultures in the world. Even now, the two largest film industries in the world are outside Hollywood: namely, ‘Bollywood’ (based in Mumbai, India) and ‘Nollywood’ (based in Nigeria). Yet, few of us know much about these dynamic film industries, their histories, or their multiple influences on Hollywood. This course complements the history of Hollywood offered in CMS2019 Global Hollywood to survey the development of cinemas around the world, covering key historical, technological, and cultural developments through case studies of significant films.

Students in this course will examine the emergence, development, and global influence of world cinema, from pre-war European cinema and postwar Italian Neo-Realism to Indian and Asian cinemas, and many others. They will use both a textual and contextual approach to develop knowledge of how international film industries are positioned in light of changing cultural, economic, industrial, and technological contexts, and the increasing dominance of Hollywood. Students will also attend regular film screenings that show a broad selection of texts, from early to present-day films.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 28 January 2023