Film Studies: Global Film Cultures

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This workshop is a historical survey of global cinema from the silent era to contemporary eras. Moving roughly in chronological order, it will examine the major international films movements and breakthroughs in the aesthetic, cultural and political development of cinema around the world. Each session is organized around a case study, typically framed by its specific historical, social and political contexts.


  • To demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the history, culture, and aesthetics of diverse movements, major eras, key figures, industries and institutions in world cinema.
  • To explore transnational influences, appropriations, and legacies of landmark cinematic movements and eras on contemporary filmmaking.
  • To examine the relation between cinematic history and global production practices


  • Demonstrate understanding of key figures, institutions, and cultural and historical contexts within canonical tendencies in world cinema history.
  • Develop a grasp of concepts, approaches and methods in the analysis of international film style across its major phases and industries, and their influence on Indian filmmakers and cinemas.
  • Develop knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of global cinemas, while building tolerance and empathy for diverse peoples, societies and cultures

The Workshop will be conducted over 4 weekends from 10:00 to 12:30.

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Dr. Nandana Bose is a film scholar, author and educator who has taught Film Studies courses in U.K., USA and India for over a decade. She is a former Associate Professor in the Department of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), USA where she enjoyed teaching courses such as Introduction to Film Study, New Korean Cinema, World Cinema and Popular Hindi Cinema. She was awarded tenure with promotion by UNCW in 2015. More recently, she was Associate Professor at FLAME University, Pune. She holds a PhD degree in Film Studies from University of Nottingham, England, two Masters’ degrees, and is a gold medallist from Jadavpur University.

She is the author of the monograph Madhuri Dixit (2019) published by the British Film Institute (as part of its Film Stars series) and Bloomsbury Academic. She has been published in such refereed international academic journals as Cinema Journal, Celebrity Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Velvet Light Trap, Economic and Political Weekly and many more.
Dr. Bose has been an invited speaker at Emory University (USA), Carleton University (Canada) and Warwick University (England), and has delivered research papers on film censorship, cinema and gender, stardom and celebrity studies at international media conferences in U.S.A., U.K., Italy and Malaysia. Her scholarly work has been mentioned The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture and The Week.

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Part 1: Early European Film Movements

  • Early Cinema (1890s-)
    • Early shorts by Thomas Edison Manufacturing Co., the Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès, et al.
  • German Expressionism
    • Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror/Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (F.W. Murnau, 1922, 94 m)
  • Soviet Montage
    • Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925);
    • Strike/Stachka (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925) & Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
  • Italian Neorealism
    • Bicycle Thieves/Ladri di biciclette (Vittorio de Sica, 1948, 89 m);
    • Umberto D

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Part 2: Film Movements, Eras

  • French New Wave
    • Breathless/À bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960, 90 m);
    • 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  • Hollywood Studio System
    • Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942, 104 mins)

Part 2: Film Movements, Eras, Auteurs

  • French New Wave
    • Breathless/À bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960, 90 m);
    • 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  • Hollywood Studio System
    • Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942, 104 mins)

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Part 3: Cinemas of the Global South

  • African Cinema: Senegal
    • Borrom Sarret (French, The Wagoner, Ousmane Sembene, 1963);
    • Black Girl (French, Ousmane Sembene, 1966)
  • Third Cinema & Contemporary Latin American Cinema
    • City of God/Cidade de Deus (Katia Lund and Fernando Meirelles 2002, 130 m)
  • Iranian Cinema
    • Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi, 1997, 89 m)
    • Abbas Kiarostami & Makhmalbaf


  • Japanese Cinema: 1960s Horror, Anime
    • Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, 134 mins)
  • Hong Kong Cinema: Wong Kar-wai
    • Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994, 98 m)
    • A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, In the Mood for Love etc.
  • Korean Cinema 1 – History
    • The Housemaid (Kim Ki-young, 1960) etc.
  • New Korean Cinema – Bong Joon-Ho & “386 directors”
    • Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho, 2003, 124 min)

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    Divya Sud

    Global Film Cultures

    Thank you so much for the wonderful sessions. Over the course of the four weeks, I learnt a lot more about film history and many genres previously unbeknownst to me. Furthermore, I also could appreciate and view many of the films I’ve loved in the past from a new perspective. I genuinely enjoyed both the films and all your commentary during classes and was often left in awe upon seeing the vast knowledge you have about this subject. I truly loved the class and would love to do another course like this whenever I have the opportunity.

    11 June, 2021
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    Pooja Sudhir

    Witness to Pure Passion

    Dr. Nandana’s lectures were marked by dedication and quality content. She arrived for each class with the clear intention of imparting pure, unadulterated knowledge. The breadth of her knowledge and the precision of her pronunciations were impressive, to say the least. The fact that each of her units had a curated list of reference books had echoes of her illustrious academic background. However, it was not the content of her lectures but her undeterred, single-minded passion and quest for films and filmmakers that impacted me the most. This is a short course, which will have long-term resonance with its participants.

    1 June, 2021
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    Soumi Dutta


    This was so profound and I learnt so much from it!

    17 May, 2021
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    Keshab Ray

    It was an enthralling expericence.

    The workshop was a cinematic tour of different cultures, various set-ups, and multiple industries and movements.

    13 April, 2021
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  • Paromita

    A vivid look at global film

    Really loved the workshop. Rich content and a great mentor. Nandana Bose’s love for film is so evident in the way she delivers her lectures and her earnestness is what makes this experience so much valuable. Looking forward to more from her and from Living Bridge. Technically too, very well managed. Worth every bit of the time and money spent.

    12 April, 2021
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