2017-2018 / CINE0007-1

History of Cinema


30h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in performing arts (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Marc-Emmanuel Mélon

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

With course meetings distributed over the entire school year, numbering twenty sessions of one hour and a half (not including showings of films), this course covers most of the history of cinema, from its invention by the Lumière brothers up to the 1960s. The course gives equal importance to aesthetic considerations (history of major currents and schools, genres, styles, authors, languages) and to economic ones (history of the film industry in all its parts, from Hollywood studios to small producers and European distributors).
Each class meeting will feature a full-length showing of one or more films, related to the historical period being studied at that time.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course has three main objectives:

1 To see: 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 design: 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

Not available

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The students have to see 20 films(one per lesson) among the titles in the filmography basis or on notes. For each movie, the students have to do a work : summary, review, and selection of ten keywords. This work, at the end of the course, is the basis for the oral assessment.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

30 hrs, 1st and 2nd semester. Classroom and schedule: Room Gothot on Moonday (Q1) and Tuesday (Q2) 14h to 18h (Projections included). A meeting will be organized in order to obtain more information about the course. Documents related to documents and projections will be distributed at this meeting.

Recommended or required readings

Required reading
Bernard Mathias, Introduction au XXe siècleTome 1 : 1914 à 1945; Tome 2 : de 1945 à 2001, Paris, éd. Belin, 2003-2011.
Lecture(s) conseillée(s): BARNIER, Martin & JULLIER, Laurent, Une brève histoire du cinéma (1895-2015), Fayard, Pluriel, 2017.
LEUTRAT, Jean-Louis, Le cinéma en perspective : une histoire, Paris, Nathan-Université, coll. "128", 1996. MITRY, Jean, Histoire du cinéma (jusqu'en 1950), Paris, Ed. Universitaires - J.-P. Delarge, 1967-1980, 5 vol. PREDAL, René, Histoire du cinéma. Abrégé pédagogique, in CinémAction n°73, 4e trimestre 1994, 200 p. SADOUL, Georges, Histoire du cinéma mondial, des origines à nos jours, Paris, Flammarion,1949. SADOUL, Georges, Histoire générale du cinéma (réédité et complété par Bernard EISENSCHITZ; 6 vol.: 1. L'invention du cinéma. 2. Les pionniers du cinéma. 3. Le cinéma devient un art - L'avant-guerre. 4. Le cinéma devient un art - La première guerre mondiale. 5. L'Art muet - L'après-guerre en Europe. 6. L'Art muet - Hollywood - La fin du muet.), Paris, Denoël, 1950-1975.

Assessment methods and criteria

- Personal work - Oral exam
The mark of the midterm exam in January will count for 10% of the June final mark if > or = 10/20. The mark will have no effect on the final grade if it doesn't reach 10/20 and the final exam will then be cumulative.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Marc-Emmanuel MELON,
Département des Arts et sciences de la communication
Place du 20-Août, 7 - Block A1 - 2nd floor
Tel. 04 366 32 55
place du 20-Août, 7 - Block A1 - 2nd floor
Tel. 04 366 32 88
Secretary's office
Tel. 04 366 32 86