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Film Studies Lecture 8 – The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Peter Greenaway wrote and directed this film, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, in 1989.  It starred Richard Bohringer (the cook), Michael Gambon (the thief), Helen Mirren (his … Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 5 – Philadelphia

Philadelphia Philadelphia is a 1993 drama staring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, directed by Jonathan Demme.  It is based around the true story of Geoffrey Bowers, a law attorney who, in 1987, was dismissed from Baker & McKenzie, who then won financial compensation in … Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 4 – Rear Window

Rear Window This, another of Hitchcock’s creations, is a film about voyeurism in the extreme, specifically designed to enrage your humble narrator, in the same way that photographers who only photo naked women enrage me.  Now i will concede that Man Rays  Le … Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 3 – Vertigo

Vertigo Vertigo was directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1958, and starred James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes.  The film told the story of a retired San Fransisco detective who suffers from acrophobia, an extreme fear of heights, who … Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 6 – Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin The Battleship Potemkin, filmed in 1925 by Sergei Eisenstein, is a Russian propaganda film based on the mutiny of the crew of the Battleship Potemkin in 1905.  It dramatises the rebellion against the cruel and oppressive Tsarist officers, … Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 2 – It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life It’s a Wonderful Life was made in 1946 and was directed by Frank Capra.  The film had large success upon its release, attracting a large American audience and becoming one of Capra’s most successful films, and … Continue reading

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Film Studies Lecture 7 – Ladri di biciclette

Ladri di biciclette Ladri di biciclette or The Bicycle Thieves was directed by Vittorio De Sica in 1948.  It tells the story of a man trying to provide for his family in post war Italy, shortly after the Nazi’s retreated, … Continue reading

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