OverviewThis course probes film cultural issues surrounding extreme cinema, i.e., 'arthouse' films which, because of violent, sexual, or other iconoclastic content, form or style, have created critical or popular controversy. Representative topics include the aesthetics of violence and the ethics of representing and viewing pain, boundaries between erotic art and exploitation, disgust and the ‘unwatchable’, authorial and critical discourses, marketing, audience and reception studies and censorship.
This module appears in:
Contact hours: 60
Total study hours: 240
Total study hours: 300
Method of assessment
20%: group presentation.
30%: Essay 1 (1500 words).
50%: Essay 2 (3500 words).
Frey, M. (2016) Extreme Cinema: The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today's Art Film Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Hawkins, J. (2000) Cutting Edge: Art-Horror and the Horrific Avant-Garde. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Staiger, J. (2000) Perverse Spectators: The Practice of Film Reception. New York: New York University Press.
Williams, L. (1989) Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible." Berkeley: University of California Press.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate systematic knowledge of contemporary international extreme cinema and how extreme cinema has developed historically as well as coherently articulate their understanding of the relationships between these developments
- demonstrate understanding of how critical discourse analysis (CDA) of various sectors of film culture contributes to an understanding of the impact of extreme cinema on both moving image making and the ways in which an audiences appreciate such films
- devise a discussion of extreme cinema through a sustained engagement with key methods of enquiry based on a synthesis of historical, theoretical and aesthetic approaches
- understand the interplay between aesthetic choices, business decisions and taste cultures through their research into/of relevant scholarly literature.