FAVMPa090 Film criticism

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Ondřej Pavlík (lecturer)
PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Pavel Skopal, Ph.D.
Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Wed 12:00–13:40 C34
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 43 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 13/43, only registered: 0/43
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course seeks to approach film criticism from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and to consider its role and function in the digital era. Can we still use 'film criticism' as an overarching category when the whole media ecosystem in which film criticism is practiced includes internet databases, fan magazines, social media, video reviews, podcasts, newsletters and printed magazines? How can we grasp the varied forms of critical discourse? What critieria can we use to recognize them as more or less coherent tendencies? What is the historical background of these tendencies and what role do media, platforms and sociopolitical influences play in tbeir proliferation? The course will not limit itself to the debates in the area of film criticism and will also branch out to other areas, namely literary criticism or sociology of science. The course will therefore also approach criticism as a way of thinking and intervening in the world. The course will be organized as a seminar with lectures consisting of discussions about assigned texts and film reviews.
Learning outcomes
After finishing this course, students will have been able to:
- be knowledgeable in various traditions of film criticism and their proponents
- think about film criticism in the context of digital era
- crtically look at the role od media and platforms
- consider the ideological dimension of film criticism
- be knowledgeable not only in theoretical debates on film criticsm, but also in some of the key debates in literary criticism or sociology of science
  • Introduction to film criticism
  • Interpretation, making meaning, emotional/affective dimension of interpretation
  • Description, impressionistic criticism, film critic as mediator
  • Criteria of evaluation
  • Critical style, disposition, criticism as emotional labor
  • Videoreviews, online platforms, YouTube and other media, vidcast/podcast culture, emotional rhetoric
  • Critical persona, social media, online databases and communities, mischievous rhetoric
  • Criticism and culture wars, conservative and progressivist criticism, utopic rhetoric, criticism and ideology
    required literature
  • KOTIŠOVÁ, Johana. An elixir of life? Emotional labour in cultural journalism. Journalism. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Journals, 2022, vol. 23, No 4, p. 789-805. ISSN 1464-8849. doi:10.1177/1464884920917289. URL info
  • HENNION, Antoine. The passion for music : a sociology of mediation. Translated by Margaret Rigaud - Peter Collier. Firt issued in paperback. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020. xi, 339. ISBN 9781472418104. info
  • LATOUR, Bruno. Stopovat a skládat světy s Brunem Latourem : výbor z textů 1988-2013. Edited by Tereza Stöckelová, Translated by Čestmír Pelikán. Vydání první. Praha: tranzit.cz, 2016. 250 stran. ISBN 9788087259375. info
  • Film criticism in the digital age. Edited by Mattias Frey - Cecilia Sayad. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2015. vi, 273. ISBN 9780813570730. info
  • BORDWELL, David. Making meaning : inference and rhetoric in the interpretation of cinema. 1st Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1991. xvi, 334. ISBN 067454336X. info
    recommended literature
  • CIESLAR, Jiří. Kočky na Atalantě. 1. vyd. V Praze: Akademie múzických umění, 2003. 572 s. ISBN 80-85883-89-9. info
  • ZAHRÁDKA, Pavel and Johana KOTIŠOVÁ. Když je kritikem každý : Výzkum sémantiky estetického hodnocení. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2020. 146 pp. ISBN 978-80-244-5781-9. info
  • BLAŽEJOVSKÝ, Jaromír. Oko. srdce, mozek, pero a pěst. Emiprické poznámky před deštivou komnatou (Eye, Heart, Brain, Pen and Fist. Empirical Notes before the Rainy Room). Cinepur. Sdružení přátel Cinepuru, 2015, vol. 21, No 100, p. 62-64. ISSN 1213-516X. info
Teaching methods
class discussion, homework, reading
Assessment methods
Exam requirements: reading, activity in seminars, essay
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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