The History of Western Cinema

Delve into the unique evolution and history of western cinema with this engaging and creative course. Participants are required to watch films in advance of lessons in order to discuss and debate them in class.

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Looby M




The History of Western Cinema


Course Overview

This course will take students through the evolution and history of western cinema (with the latter part of the programme including more modern cinema). The structure of the course requires students to watch the films allocated to each class in advance. To begin each lesson, there will be a short 'lecture' about the context in which the film was made and how shifts within the industry and popular society, as well as technological advances, enabled these films to be made. Students will be encouraged to consider what these films are able to reveal to a modern viewer about the time in which the film was created. The latter portion of the classes will be largely discussion-based, with some in-depth analysis of scenes from the films. How does the composition of the shot affect the audience? What is the audience being told through the cinematography? There are so many nuances that take place in the cinema, and this course will serve as a springboard to educate students on how to unpick them.

Course Content


11 HOURS Total Length

Lesson 1

Introduction to Cinema

60 minutes

Lesson 2

Silent Era

60 minutes

Lesson 3

Sound Era

60 minutes

Lesson 4

Early Hollywood

60 minutes

Lesson 5

Italian Neorealism

60 minutes

Lesson 6

Golden Era and Restructuring of Hollywood

60 minutes

Lesson 7


60 minutes

Lesson 8

Dawn of the Blockbuster

60 minutes

Lesson 9

Modern Film Industry

60 minutes

Lesson 10

Foreign Language Films

60 minutes

Lesson 11


60 minutes

Key Skills

Film Criticism


Film Theory



Looby M

English and Film Studies Educator

Looby is a professional Educator alongside working as an actor. She is confident in teaching a number of subjects to GCSE and provides a supportive learning environment for students.