With this summer school we begin a collaboration with Cinema Plus, Norwich, which we hope to develop further in the future. Each session will comprise 2.5 taught hours (including coffee break) in the morning, a break for lunch and an afternoon film screening chosen to illustrate and extend the themes of the morning.

More detail about the three sessions (choice of the afternoon film to be discussed)

SESSION 1:  20th MAY

Film Narrative and the Power of Mise-en-scène

Mise-en-scène” is a term often used by film critics, but what does it actually mean? This session will explore how events staged before the camera can dynamically enhance a film’s narrative. It will also examine how narratives in movies are structured.

Session 2: 27th May

The Shot, Editing and Sound

For many critics, editing is the key to great cinema. So how does the juxtaposition of one shot to the next contribute to a film’s impact? This session will also consider the relationship of sound and music to the image.

Session 3: 10th June (no class on 3 June)

Film Stardom

From Clint Eastwood in a poncho to Marilyn Monroe’s dress billowing above a subway grate, stars have provided cinema’s most iconic moments. This session examines the complex and often paradoxical worldwide phenomenon of film stardom, posing the question what makes a “star” and how do they transcend the flickering images seen on screen?

Suggestions for screenings:

Session 1: 

  • Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

  • Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956)

  • Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

  • The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)

Session 2 : 

  • Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1952)

  • The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

  • Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)

Session 3 : 

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)

  • Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)

  • A Star is Born (George Cukor, 1954)