FAVBKa070 History of World Cinema II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D.
Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Patrycja Astrid Twardowska
Supplier department: Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture – Faculty of Arts
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 37 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/37, only registered: 0/37
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
An overview of the development of the world cinema from the mid- 1950s to the present time, of its artistic, cultural, technical and economic changes. The course is based on "Film History: An Introduction" written by Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell and a critical reading of this book (parts 4-6).

The main objectives can be summarized as follows:
- to give basic information about the most important film movements, genres, auteurs and events, especially from the point of view of "traditional" film history,
- to offer the basic frame for more specialized courses on the world cinema.
Learning outcomes
After finishing this course, students will have been able to:
understand the phenomenon of film Modernism
understand the importance of New Waves
describe connections between social development and film industry
analyze and interpret works of selected auteurs
be oriented in genre production
explain innovations in audio-visual technologies
critically think about approaches to film history.
  • Introduction and periodization.
  • Widescreen systems, expansion of TV broadcasting.
  • Hollywood from the mid-50´s to the end of the 60´s.
  • Genre cinema, comedy, western, musical, horror, sci-fi, historic epic movies, adventure, cloak and dagger.
  • New film in France, the French New Wave.
  • Italian post-neorealist cinema.
  • British cinema of the 60´s.
  • European co-productions.
  • New cinema in West Germany and Scandinavia.
  • Japanese cinema and New Wave.
  • Cinema of U.S.S.R.
  • Cinema of Central and Eastern Europe: Hungary, Poland, GDR, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria.
  • Spanish cinema under Franco regime and after.
  • Asian cinema, India, China.
  • Latin America and Brazilian cinema novo.
  • Cinema of the Third World.
  • Documentary, experimental and underground film.
  • Genre revision, retro, disaster film.
  • Political cinema.
  • New Hollywood.
  • The 70´s, return of great epics.
  • Technical innovations and new distribution strategies.
  • American independent cinema.
  • Cinema in the era of globalization, digitalization and new media.
  • European arthouse cinema, Dogme 95.
  • Festival circuit.
  • Cinema of Turkey and Iran.
  • Korean cinema.
  • Postsocialist cinemas and Romanian New Wave.
  • Bollywood.
  • Quality TV.
  • Hollywood during the Covid-19 pandemic and "woke" culture.
  • Contact lectures will be devoted to the introduction to the topic and selected topics that are not supported by the obligatory and recommended literature.
    required literature
  • THOMPSON, Kristin and David BORDWELL. Dějiny filmu : přehled světové kinematografie. Online. Translated by Helena Bendová - Jan Bernard - Michal Bregant - Zdeněk Holý - V. První vydání. Praha: Akademie múzických umění, 2007. 827 stran. ISBN 9788071068983. [citováno 2024-04-23] info
    recommended literature
  • KOVÁCS, András Bálint. Screening modernism : European art cinema, 1950-1980. Online. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. xii, 427. ISBN 9780226451657. [citováno 2024-04-23] info
    not specified
  • GODARD, Jean-Luc. Texty a rozhovory. Online. Translated by Helena Bendová - David Čeněk. Vyd. 1. Jihlava: JSAF, 2005. 330 s. ISBN 8090351360. [citováno 2024-04-23] info
  • Náhradní obsah: MONACO, James. Nová vlna : Nouvelle vague :Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette. 1. vyd. V Praze: Akademie múzických umění, 2001. 413 s. ISBN 8085883899.
  • BELTON, John. Widescreen cinema. Online. Cabridge, Massachusett: Harvard University Press, 1992. viii, 300. ISBN 0-674-95260-X. [citováno 2024-04-23] info
Teaching methods
Lectures, film screenings, home video, reading, homework.
Assessment methods
Critical reflection of K. Thompson - D. Bordwell: "Film History: An Introduction".
Written test.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Spring 2023.
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