CINE201-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Hollywood and Genre

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


An historical and critical study of genre in Hollywood film. Students will analyse the evolution and transformation of the conventions of key genres, such as the Science Fiction film, the Musical, Film Noir and Horror.

This course will provide an in-depth study of film genre from within an historical and critical context.  We will look closely at four key film genres and trace their historical trajectory.  In the first term, the class will focus on the definition of genre, as it has been conceptualized by both American and French film critics.  Students will consider the established generic conventions of the American Film Musical and the Horror Film by analyzing the films screened in class.  In the second term, the class will study Film Noir, considering the intersection of genre and auteur criticism, as defined by the Cahiers du Cinéma film critics.  The course ends with the Melodrama, moving from its origins in the Depression era to its contemporary reincarnation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have developed:

  • Specific knowledge of a range of national cinemas, movements, genres and forms
  • Knowledge of the major theoretical debates and discourses in Cinema Studies
  • An ability to confidently use and understand a range of conceptual and theoretical terms of the discipline
  • A growing ability to test and question ideas and interpretations offered in class
  • An ability to produce a detailed, coherent and persuasive argument in the form of an academic essay
  • Increasing confidence in interpretation, analysis and assessment of a range of films
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


30 points of CINE at 100 level, or any 45 points at 100 level, or equivalent preparation with the approval of the Programme Coordinator. RP: CINE101 and CINE102

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 A4 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Film Screening A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 15:00 - 18:00 A4 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Mary Wiles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay One 40% 2000 words
Essay Two 40% 2000 words
Learn Assignments 20% Ten 300-word assignments


Recommended Reading:
Cook, Pam; The cinema book; 3rd ed; BFI, 2007.
Course readings will still be accessible through LEARN.

(Image: Elsa Lanchester in 'Bride of Frankenstein', Universal Pictures, 1935.)


Film list for 2018:

Week One: The Backstage Musical
The Band Wagon (Minnelli, 1953)

Week Two: The Hip-Hop Musical  
Wild Style (Ahearn, 1983)

Week Three: Pastiche and the Postmodern Musical
La La Land (Chazelle, 2016)  

Week Four: Horror Genre
The Bride of Frankenstein (Whale, 1935)

Week Five: The Supernatural and Spooks
Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968)  

Week Six: Horror and the Other
Get Out (Peele, 2017)  

Week Seven: Film Noir  
Scarlet Street (Lang, 1945)

Week Eight: Genre Mash-Up and the Neo-Noir  
Seconds (Frankenheimer, 1966)    

Week Nine: Neo-Noir: The Femme Fatale
Chinatown (Polanski 1974)

Week Ten: The Maternal Melodrama
Stella Dallas (King Vidor, 1937)

Week Eleven: 1950s Melodrama: Class and Race
Imitation of Life (Sirk, 1959)  

Week Twelve: Rethinking Gender Roles: Contemporary Melodrama
Carol (Haynes, 2015)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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