School of History

HST6374 – Alfred Hitchcock and the New Film History

Module code: HST6374

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Mark Glancy

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most acclaimed and influential of all filmmakers, and this QMUL Model module employs the methods of the 'new film history' to explore the director's work and the debates surrounding it. It investigates the production and reception of key films, it considers aspects of visual style and technique, and it examines the representation of nation, class, gender, sexuality, and politics within specific historical contexts. Hitchcock's critical reputation and his influence on contemporary filmmakers will also be considered. Students model a holistic approach to film analysis with reference to both textual and contextual factors through the deconstruction, decoding, and interpretation of filmic imagery, sound, dialogue, and story.

Assessment: Take Home Exam (1,000 words) [25%] and Essay (3,000 words) [75%]
Level: 6