European Cinema and its Legacy

BUY TICKETS 11am – 5.15pm Saturday 23 November*

Following on from her highly successful Study Day on Gothic Cinema earlier this year, Ellen Cheshire returns to Saffron Screen discussing three classic European film movements, highlighting how they developed and introducing key filmmakers, films, styles and themes. The second half of each session will then introduce a second film movement or style from the USA/UK that was clearly influenced by the earlier game-changing European films. Venue tbc.

Session 1: Italian Neo-Realism – British Social Realism
Session 2: German Expressionism – Film Noir
Session 3: French New Wave – New Hollywood  

Ellen Cheshire ran the one-day Study Day on Gothic Cinema earlier this year. She has a BA in English and Film and a MA in Gothic. She has written books on Ang Lee, Jane Campion, Bio-Pics, Audrey Hepburn and the Coen Brothers, and contributed chapters to books on war movies,fFantasy films,sSilent films, Charlie Chaplin and James Bond, and is a contributing author to the WJEC A Level Film Studies Textbook. 

Schedule for the Day 

11am – Welcome and overview of the day

11.10-12.55 – Italian Neo-Realism – British Social Realism
Italian Neo-Realism emerged towards the end of the Second World War and lasted for about 10 years. Featured filmmakers: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica and Luchino Visconti.
British Social Realism is an integral part of the British film industry, emerging in the 1950s and continuing to the present day. Featured filmmakers: Tony Richardson, Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold.
Key Films:
Ossessione (1943) directed by Luchino Visconti
Rome, Open City (1945) directed by Roberto Rossellini
Umberto D. (1952) directed by Vittorio De Sica
Look Back in Anger (1959) directed by Tony Richardson
Sweet Sixteen (2002) directed by Ken Loach
Fish Tank (2009) directed by Andrea Arnold

12.55 -1.30 – Lunch 

1.30-3.15 – German Expressionism – Film Noir
German Expressionism was a style that was adopted across several artistic mediums, with films emerging during the First World War, and came to an end at the end of the 1920s/early 19302. Featured filmmakers: Robert Wiene, FW Murnau and Fritz Lang.
Film Noir has become synonymous with a certain type of crime movie made in Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s. Featured filmmakers: Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder and Tay Garnettt.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) directed by Robert Wiene
The Last Laugh (1924) directed by FW Murnau
Metropolis (1927) directed by Fritz Lang
Double Indemnity (1944) directed by Billy Wilder
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) directed by Tay Garnett
The Big Heat (1953) directed by Fritz Lang

3.15-3.30 – Break 

3.30-5.15 – French New Wave – New Hollywood
French New Wave is the name given to a group of French filmmakers who emerged in the late 50s and 60s who were determined to shake up what they saw as the stuffy French film industry. Featured filmmakers: Agnès Varda, François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.
New Hollywood aka American New Wave, where a group of American filmmakers who looked to the freedom of the new wave of French films emerged and began to adopt their visual and narrative styles in their films. Featured filmmakers: Dennis Hopper, Francis Ford Coppola and Arthur Penn.
À bout de souffle (1960) directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Jules et Jim (1962) directed by François Truffaut
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) directed by Agnès Varda
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) directed by Arthur Penn
Easy Rider (1969) directed by Dennis Hopper
Apocalypse Now (1979) directed by Francis Ford Coppola 

*Please note that this course can only run with a minimum of 15 participants.

Course Location:
Friends Meeting House
High Street
Saffron Walden
CB10 1AA

Car parking at Swan Meadow.