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  1. Recommended Films 36 items
    The bulk of examples for the current academic year will consist of "New Hollywood" films of the 1970s. The reason this is a particularly suitable period is that many Hollywood filmmakers at the time (people like Altman, Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas, De Palma, Lumet, Ashby, Pakula, Friedkin, Cimino, etc.) were trying to introduce the challenges of European Art Films to classicism into the Hollywood mainstream. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, but it is important that you watch as many as you can, so that you can participate in discussions. Students are encouraged to bring their own examples into discussions. Having some common gravitational centre in the 1970s helps to compare films and trends within a fixed period od evolution, but more contemporary films can also help to acquire a sense of perspective.
    1. Midnight cowboy - John Schlesinger 2000 (videorecording)

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    2. Blow-up - Michelangelo Antonioni 2004 (videorecording)

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    3. 2001, a space odyssey - Stanley Kubrick 2008 (videorecording)

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    4. McCabe and Mrs Miller - Robert Altman 2003 (videorecording)

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    5. A clockwork orange - Stanley Kubrick 2001 (videorecording)

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    6. Cabaret - Bob Fosse 2005 (videorecording)

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    7. The Long Goodbye - Robert Altman c2004 (videorecording)

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    8. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - Sam Peckinpah 2006 (videorecording)

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    9. Mean streets - Martin Scorsese 2005 (videorecording)

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    10. The godfather - Francis Ford Coppola 2004 (videorecording)

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    11. The Godfather part II - Francis Ford Coppola 1974 (videorecording)

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    12. The conversation - Francis Ford Coppola 2004 (videorecording)

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    13. Chinatown - Roman Polanski 2000 (videorecording)

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    14. A woman under the influence - John Cassavetes 2005 (videorecording)

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    15. One flew over the cuckoo's nest - Milos Forman 2008 (videorecording)

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    16. Nashville - Robert Altman 2014 (videorecording)

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    17. Taxi driver - Martin Scorsese 1999 (videorecording)

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    18. Barry Lyndon - Stanley Kubrick c2001 (videorecording)

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    19. New York, New York - Martin Scorsese 2005 (videorecording)

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    20. Opening night - John Cassavetes 2005 (videorecording)

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    21. Saturday night fever - John Badham 1977 (videorecording)

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    22. The deer hunter - Michael Cimino 2003 (videorecording)

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    23. Apocalypse now - Francis Ford Coppola 2004 (videorecording)

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    24. Alien - Ridley Scott 2000 (videorecording)

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    25. The shining - Stanley Kubrick 2001

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    26. 1941 - Steven Spielberg 2008 (videorecording)

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    27. Raging bull - Martin Scorsese 2005 (videorecording)

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    28. Some non 1970s films used to illustrate other points. 9 items
      1. Casablanca - Michael Curtiz 2003 (videorecording)

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      2. Mildred Pierce - Michael Curtiz 2003 (videorecording)

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      3. Shane - George Cooper Stevens 2003 (videorecording)

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      4. Rear Window - Alfred Hitchcock 2003 (videorecording)

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      5. All that heaven allows - Douglas Sirk 2007 (videorecording)

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      6. Sweet smell of success - Alexander Mackendrick 2002 (videorecording)

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      7. Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock 2003 (videorecording)

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      8. The apartment - Billy Wilder 2004 (videorecoring)

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      9. Mulholland Drive - David Lynch 2007 (videorecording)

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  2. Indicative Reading/Bibliography 34 items
    All students should assimilate David Bordwell's approach to Hollywood storytelling. Three volumes are basic : Classical Hollywood Cinema (co-written with Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson), Narration in the Fiction Film and his recent The Way Hollywood Tells It. Also for analysis along Bordwell's lines check out Kristin Thompson's Storytelling in the New Hollywood. Robert McKee's Story is very readable and gives a good summary of scriptwriting technique from a more practical standpoint. Christopher Booker's Seven Basic Plots is a good divulgative (rather than strictly academic) introduction to plot as myth, with interesting ideas on the cultural roots of film plots. Along the same lines, check out the very influential A Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler, focusing on quest plots. Steven Neales is good on genre, and quite comprehensive in historicizing this category in Genre and Hollywood. A more theoretical approach will be found in Rick Altman's Film/Genre. Bibliographic details below. Given there will be a focus on American films of the 1970s, Todd Berliner's Hollywood Incoherent is essential reading as it deals with specificities of the period in terms of storytelling. For context on the period, the Kirshner essay Hollywood's Last Golden Age and Robin Wood's From Vietnam to Reagan will help you get a clearer vision on the reasons why traditional narratives were challenged.
    1. Film/genre - Rick Altman, British Film Institute 1999

      Book Essential

    2. A theory of narrative - Rick Altman 2008

      Book Essential

    3. Hollywood incoherent: narration in seventies cinema - Todd Berliner 2010

      Book Essential

    4. Hollywood aesthetic: pleasure in American cinema - Todd Berliner 2017

      Book 

    5. Narration in the fiction film - David Bordwell 1986

      Book Essential

    6. The way Hollywood tells it: story and style in modern movies - David Bordwell 2006

      Book Recommended

    7. Film art: an introduction - David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, Jeff Smith 2017

      Book Recommended

    8. The classical Hollywood cinema: film style & mode of production to 1960 - David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, Kristin Thompson 1985

      Book Recommended

    9. The seven basic plots: why we tell stories - Christopher Booker 2004

      Book Recommended

    10. Narrative comprehension and film - Edward Branigan 1992

      Book Essential

    11. Myths to live by - Joseph Campbell 1973

      Book Recommended

    12. The hero with a thousand faces - Joseph Campbell 1993

      Book Recommended

    13. Bio/pics: how Hollywood constructed public history - George Frederick Custen 1992

      Book Recommended

    14. Screenplay: the foundations of screenwriting - Syd Field 2005

      Book Recommended

    15. Writers in Hollywood, 1915-1951 - Ian Hamilton 2011

      Book 

    16. The making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II - Aljean Harmetz c2002

      Book Essential

    17. The making of The Wizard of Oz - Aljean Harmetz 2013

      Book 

    18. Hollywood's last golden age: politics, society, and the seventies film in America - Jonathan Kirshner 2012

      Book Recommended

    19. Backstory 2: interviews with screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s - Patrick McGilligan 1997

      Book Recommended

    20. Genre and Hollywood - Steve Neale 2000

      Book Essential

    21. The art and science of screenwriting - Philip Parker 1999

      Book 

    22. Film style and technology: history and analysis - Barry Salt c2009

      Book 

    23. The genius of the system: Hollywood filmmaking in the studio era - Thomas Schatz 2010

      Book Essential

    24. Post-classical cinema: an international poetics of film narration - Eleftheria Thanouli 2009

      Book Essential

    25. Storytelling in the new Hollywood: understanding classical narrative technique - Kristin Thompson c1999

      Book Essential

    26. Twenty master plots and how to build them - Ron Tobias 1999

      Book Essential

    27. Film as social practice - Graeme Turner 2006

      Book Recommended

    28. Film as social practice - Graeme Turner 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    29. The writer's journey: mythic structure for writers - Christopher Vogler 2007

      Book Essential

    30. Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan and beyond - Robin Wood c2003

      Book Essential