Friday, February 26, 2016


                                    FILM APPRECIATION –
                                                                               New Approaches     

Some people say the term “ Film  Appreciation “ was introduced in this country  by Marie Seton . It’s not so .I have come across  couple of Tamil booklets dating back to 1935 on the subjecet in our Archive Library at Pune . So the word is as old as our Talkies . But people seem to have different perceptions  in understanding the term   “ Film Appeciation “.     Appreciating a film is very much  inherent in the  term .  Then the question arises : “ How do we appreciate  a film ? . This leads to several other questions .” Are there any yardsticks or  norms for appreciation ? If  so what are they ?  What about the films we can’t appreciate like the ones we don’t like ?  Can we criticize them ? Is criticism a part of appreciation  or is it something different ?  We have been  seeing films for so many years now .  Some films we like and some we don’t . Is it necessary to know the techniques of filmmaking or go through a course in Film Appreciation  to understand or appreciate a film ? Is Cinema itself worthy of study in a classroom situation ?  These and several other questions  are bound to  crop up when someone initiates to introduce the  subject  as an academic discipline . 

Why Film Appreciation ?
“ Appreciation” and “ Criticism” are both sides of the same coin . Both are mutually dependent . Because of the negative slant inherent in the  latter , one  would prefer to go for  a more positive term .   And so “Appreciation” . Finding it out oneself is the best form of  “ appreciation “  For this one must have the desire and the inclination and get out of the “know all attitude  “. Personal biases and ideologies  should not prevent you in relating  to  someone else’s  world view . Othewise  exploration of the work and its appreciation or otherwise will run into hurdles . To approach a work with an open mind without any preconceived notions is the best option . But it’s easier said than done . How to realize this is the great  challenge for any appreciator/ critic . Approaching  it as a discipline and undergoing through the rigours of it  may help you to find  some answers .  

Objectives :
1.    How to look at films differently than what you are accustomed to .
2.    To help you to find out the hidden layers of a well made film and in the process lift  your enjoyment to a higher plane  .  
3.    To enable  you to rationalize your thoughts  and help you to put it across  why you liked or  disliked  a particular film on the basis of what you have just seen  and experienced and drawing reference to specific sections of the film
4.    To sharpen your  critical faculties in relating to the language of cinema as  against written and spoken language
5.    To familiarize the potentialities  of the film medium and the  wide scope  of the non fiction film ranging from ,   the simple record , the actuality , the topical , the newsreel , the documentary , the instructional  , the motivational , the biographical , the cinema verite , the docu drama   and films made for TV

Topics to be covered

Nature of Film   /  The audio-visual experience  / Basics of Film language  / Word, sound  and image  /  From idea to screen – the  processes,( pre shoot , shoot  and post shoot) the technical and the artistic /
Beginnings of Cinema / Different film theories – a brief introduction / Genre study and Popular Cinema  / The non-fiction and the documentary / Animation 
Film as communication , instruction , motivation , Entertainment and  artistic expression  /  
Analysis of selected Classics  ( Shorts & Features )       

Dates :  5th to 14th November  2004
Total working hours :   Eighty
 (Teaching and interactive  discussions : Fifty
 Screening : Thirty )

Proposed  films  ( features )

Bicycle Thieves / Italy / De Sica
Rashomon / Japan / Kurosawa
La Strada / Italy / Fellini
Charulata / India /  Ray
Wild Strawberries / Sweden / Bergman
Behind the Wall / Poland / Zanussi
Elippathayam / India / Adoor
Jumping over the Puddles Again / Czech / Kachyna
Woman of the Dunes / Jaapan / Teshighara
Citizen Kane / USA / Welles
Modern Times / USA / Chaplin
Where is my Friends Home / Iran / Kiarostami
Passion of Joan of Arc / Denmark / Dreyer
He Who Must Die / France / Dassin
A Short Film about Killing / Poland / Kieslowski
Ikiru / Japan / Kurosawa
Samapti / India / Ray
Amma Ariyan / India /  Abraham
Nanook of the North / USA/ Flaherty
Shadows of Forgotten ancestors / Russia / Paradjanov
Nine Months / Hungary / Meszaros
Sidheswari / India / Kaul
12 Angry Men / USA / Lumet 
Meghe Dhaka Tara / India / Ghatak

Shorts :
Glass / Zoo / Delta Phase I / Night Mail / Wedding / Incident at Owl Creek / On the Other side / Big City  Bliues /  You / Rain /
Solo / Happy Anniversary /  Death of a Peasant / The Red Balloon    Chairy Tale / Crin Blanc (Wild Stallion ) / 23 Skidoo /Arrival / House that Ananda Built /  An encounter with faces /
Dabbawala / Energy and Matter / Woman in front of a mirror 
Neighbours / Lonely Boy /  The Two / Pikoo’s Diary

Course Diretor   :  P.K.Nair

Guest Faculty  ( Tentative )
Adoor Gopalakrishnan  ( Pesonal Cinema )
K.G.George ( From script to screen )
Sunny Joseph ( Camera & Production )
Beena Paul  ( Editing )
Krishnan Unni  ( Sound )
J.Geetha  ( Popular Cinema )
Prakash Moorthy  ( Animation )
B.Vishwanath  ( Documentary )
Satish Nambaiar ( Camera / Documentary )
Shanmuga Das  ( Film Theories )
Dr.  Raj Kishen  (  Film theories )
Dr. Sudha Warrier ( Gendeer in Malayalam Cinema )
Dr C.S.Venkateswaran ( Comedy in Malayalam Cinema )


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