2023-2024 / CINE0007-1

History of Cinema


30h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 


Dick Tomasovic

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Spread over the whole academic year, with twenty three-hour sessions (including screenings), the course covers most of the history of Western cinema, from the invention of the Lumière brothers to the present day. It places as much emphasis on aesthetic data (history of the main movements and schools, genres, styles, authors and language) as on economic data (history of the film industries, from Hollywood studios to European producers).
Each session is richly illustrated (photographs from films, audiovisual extracts, various documents). The course, divided into chapters, is accompanied by a reading portfolio whose texts extend the themes of the various sessions.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course has three main objectives:

1° To discover : To see films in which students generally have access and learn to look critically. Learn to detect the signs of labor in which each film is the fruit and traces of human history, societies and arts that brings in its wake. To this end, the course is illustrated by a major program of projections.

2° To know: Provide basic knowledge, to have essential landmark to gain an overview of the cinema history from its origins to the end of sixties. The course has an encyclopaedic dimension.

3° To think : Over its already long history, cinema has portrayed several visions of the world (sometimes conflicting) and that we can now analyze the performances and understand the effects. The history of cinema invited to reflect the multiple ways in which the film was over a hundred years (and still today) a powerful instrument meaning production.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A good knowledge of 20th century history.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students must attend the course, study their personal notes and the documents provided by the teacher (plans and illustrations relating to the various chapters of the course). Students are required to watch 20 films on their own, as determined by the teacher at the beginning of the course. These films are part of the course material. They will be the subject of preparatory work for the exam, the details of which will be specified during the course (as well as in the explanatory pack given to students during the first lesson). Students will also be required to read a set of texts collected in a reading portfolio given to them during the first lesson. These texts are also part of the subject and must be studied for the exam.

Four rehearsal sessions (two per term) will be organised throughout the year (see the timetable in the course pack). These will include a review of certain complex aspects of the course, details of the methodology expected in the course work and simulated exam questions. The exam preparation work will be supervised by a student instructor and the course's scientific assistant.

Finally, various remedial sessions in history or French language skills will be organised to help students understand the historical aspects of the course and the reading portfolio.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Duration and period:

20 sessions of 3 hours each, alternating theoretical and practical approaches, spread over the whole year (1st and 2nd terms).

Location and timetable:

Salle Gothot (bât. A1), Thursdays from 9am to 12pm (Q1) and Tuesdays (Q2) from 2pm to 5pm. See detailed timetable in the folder provided with the first course.

An information session on the organisation of the course, its procedures and requirements is organised before the course begins.

Documents relating to the course are posted online on MyUliege.

Recommended or required readings

The course does not have a syllabus and students must ensure that their note-taking is complete and accurate.

The teacher will also provide detailed outlines for each lesson as well as a set of illustrations.

The reading of a set of texts, collected in a portfolio transmitted via the Uliege platform, is compulsory.

En extensive bibliography, both general and specialised for each section of the course, is provided in the general course presentation file.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Written work / report

Additional information:

Each student is required to do some personal work (viewing sheets) in preparation for the exam (see the course dossier, transmitted via the Myuliege platform, for details). This work is a prerequisite for sitting the exam.

The assessment consists of a written exam in the form of MCQs.

The partial test organised in January is dispensatory.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Note to potential repeaters: the course content and assessment methods have been completely modified.


Titular teacher : 
Dick Tomasovic, professeur
Département Médias, culture et communication
Place du 20-Août, 7 - Bât. A1 - 2e étage

Research Assistant: Tatiana Horbaczewski
Place du 20-Août, 7 - Bât. A1 - 2e étage

Secretariat : Mme Evelyne Libens
Tél. 04 366 32 86

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