Introduction to Film Studies

Course Description

The objective of this course is to enable students to understand the language of cinema and to help them recognize significant film movements and theories as well as filmmakers who have shaped the course of world cinema, along with a reading of key cinematic texts.

Expected Learning Outcome: Students would be trained to understand the language of cinema, film narrative and the history of cinema, and would be equipped to approach and appreciate cinema in an academic way. They would also become familiar with a brief history of cinema and key theoretical aspects such as formalism, structuralism/poststructuralism, modernism/postmodernism, semiotics, iconography and reception studies.

This is an Introduction to Film Studies course by Dr. Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras.

Introduction to Film Studies
Dr. Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan on Lecture 6: Character as a plot element
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

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# Lecture Play Lecture
1 Course Overview (49:01) Play Video
2 Cinema & Semiotics (48:57) Play Video
3 Cinema & Semiotics II (48:09) Play Video
4 Plot in Cinema (48:37) Play Video
5 Plot in Cinema II (47:40) Play Video
6 Character as a plot element (51:16) Play Video
7 Editing in Cinema (50:09) Play Video
8 Realism in Cinema (49:09) Play Video
9 Colour: Theory & Practice (51:17) Play Video
10 Intertextuality (45:04) Play Video
11 Intertextuality II (47:35) Play Video
12 Intertextuality III (45:50) Play Video
13 Cinema & Modernism (48:38) Play Video
14 Cinema and Modernism II (1:17:35) Play Video
15 The French Masters (48:33) Play Video
16 The French Masters II (47:00) Play Video
17 The French Masters III (48:51) Play Video
18 Canonical Text (47:01) Play Video
19 Canonical Text II (47:56) Play Video
20 Canonical Text III (49:33) Play Video
21 The Academy Awards (47:53) Play Video
22 Classic Hollywood (51:07) Play Video
23 Classic Hollywood II (47:34) Play Video
24 Classic Hollywood III (44:54) Play Video
25 Case Study (54:26) Play Video
26 Stars as Icons (46:56) Play Video
27 Cinema and the Counterculture Movement (54:05) Play Video
28 Italian Cinema (50:32) Play Video
29 Japanese Cinema (50:53) Play Video
30 Auteur Theory in the USA (44:30) Play Video
31 Auteur Theory in the USA II (48:04) Play Video
32 New Hollywood (50:31) Play Video
33 New Hollywood II (48:54) Play Video
34 New Hollywood III (49:12) Play Video
35 New Hollywood IV (48:17) Play Video
36 Cinema and Genres (51:29) Play Video
37 Cinema and Genres II (57:57) Play Video
38 Postmodernism & Cinema (50:29) Play Video
39 Postmodernism & Cinema II (53:19) Play Video
40 The Western (50:24) Play Video


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