Film Narrative

In our discussion of form, we said that a film’s form included both narrative and stylistic elements. In this session we are going to focus on the narrative elements. Humans are ‘the storytelling animal’ – it is through stories that we make sense of ourselves and the world around us. When we speak about films […]

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Film Style and Citizen kane

In The Importance of Film Form we considered the formal elements at the filmmaker’s command, and the the overall pattern of these elements that make up the film’s formal system. This post focuses on the elements of film style – mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, and sound – providing a few examples of how Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941) utilises […]

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Scotland on Screen

As promised to my American friends, here are just a few recommendations of ‘Scottish’ films (Braveheart purposefully omitted). Ae Fond Kiss (Loach 2004); The Angels’ Share (Loach 2012); Breaking the Waves (Von Trier 1995); Brigadoon (Minnelli 1954); Filth (Baird 2013); Gregory’s Girl (Forsyth 1981); Hallam Foe (Mackenzie 2007); The Illusionist (Chomet 2010); Local Hero (Forsyth 1983); Morvern Callar (Ramsey 2002); Neds (Mullen 2010); Orphans (Mullen 1998); The […]

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