2023-2024 / CINE0006-1

Methods and theories of film analysis


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Master in performing arts (120 ECTS) (international master)5 crédits 


Dick Tomasovic

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course provides a survey of the main trends in film analysis from the 1960s until the present day, through various approaches (semiology, narratology, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, history of art, anthropology, sociology, ideology, etc.). Various notions will emerge from detailed analyses of films (mainly contemporary Hollywood films).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Film analysis being the common practice of all those who intend to work in the field of cinema the point of this course is to provide a theoretical and methodological framework as well as necessary conceptual tools.The course also gives important historic and esthetic references to the Hollywood cinema.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course, very illustrated, requires the active participation of the students. The students are also invited to view and to analyze by themselves a series of films. Students must hand in a written file by the end of the year.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Synthesis sheets will be handed out.

Recommanded reading: 
Jacques AUMONT et Michel MARIE, L'Analyse des films, Paris, Nathan, 2020 (4e édition, 2015). 

Written work / report

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.
Martin Scorsese


Dick Tomasovic
Département Médias, Culture et Communication Théories et pratiques du spectacle Esthétique du cinéma et des arts audiovisuels Université de Liège Place du XX Août, 7 4000 Liège Belgique 32 4 366 32 88 ou 32 79 (secrétariat) dick.tomasovic@uliege.be

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