Film History I
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Filmikunsti ajalugu I
Course title in English
Film History I
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
Dirk Hoyer (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The course Film History aims at chronologically retracing the development of cinematographic art in Europe and in the United States.
Brief description of the course
Starting from the very first projection in 1895 the course follows the main developments and tendencies in narrative cinema, from a technological, esthetical, cultural and political point of view. After the students have required basic knowledge about the subject they should be enabled to relate the historic framework to the current state of the art and identify the main tendencies of the future. This introduction course finally also describes and analyses the common points and differences between American and the European cinema. The first part of the course Film History 1 covers the development of narrative films from 1895 until the 1960s.

Learning outcomes in the course
-Contextual understanding of the first 70 years of cinema
-Knowledge of the key films, directors and film movements
-Understanding of the technical features of the films
-Improved film analysis skills

Assessment methods
Student Presentations, Essay, Exam
Dirk Hoyer, MA
Study literature
Cook, D.A.: A History of Narrative Film, W.W. Norton, New York, 1990

Replacement literature
Bordwell, D./Thompson, K.: Film Art- An Introduction, Alfred A.Knopf, New York, 1986.
Fabe, M.: Closely Watched Films – An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2004.
Nelmes, J.: An Introduction to Film Studies, Routledge, London, 1999.