School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Cinema and RealismWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 100989.2

Discipline: FINE ARTS

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Anne Rutherford

Equivalent Units
100272 - Montage, Theory, Cinema

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1.

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
This unit explores the idea of realism in both fiction and non-fiction film as it has been articulated in film theory and explored in various film movements. The unit will start from early actuality film, will examine the principles which animate documentary cinema, and will explore the idea of realism as it has developed in fiction film. The unit will discuss a range of approaches to documentary realism, and explore contemporary challenges to the documentary idea in arguments that fictive elements exist in all documentary film. The unit will also examine various historical schools of realist filmmaking in the fiction film, such as Italian neo-realism. By the juxtaposition of ideas of realism in documentary and fiction, the subject will explore the blurred boundaries of non-fiction and fiction in contemporary cinema.


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