Alternatives to Hollywood: A Teacher’s Guide (paperback) – Sarah Perks, Isabelle Vanderschelden, Andy Willis

160pp   £16.99   ISBN: 1903663253   2005


It is an informal requirement, at the very least, that today’s teachers of Film and Media Studies are acquainted with non-Anglo/American cinema. Yet this may require the teacher to undertake a steep learning curve, one which might be hampered at the very beginning through uncertainty as to exactly where to start.

Auteur’s Alternatives to Hollywood: A Teacher’s Guide is aimed explicitly at those requiring a short, sharp exposure to the cinemas of France, India and East Asia. The aim is both to expand the understanding of the cinemas – with particular reference to the term ‘New Wave’ – while also discovering new films to widen Film Studies teaching in general. Each of the three chapters includes a historical overview of the national/regional cinema under discussion, in depth case studies of representative films and film-makers – including Les Quatre cents coups (The 400 Blows), Amélie, the films of Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express, 2046) and Mohabbatein – and extensive bibliographies, filmographies to signpost further investigation and advice on teaching approaches.

Sarah Perks was Head of Education at Cornerhouse, Manchester. Isabelle Vanderschelden teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University. Andy Willis teaches at the University of Salford.

French Cinema: Introduction / The French New Wave and its Impact on French Cinema / Case Study: Les 400 Coups / Contemporary French Cinema Trends / Case Study: Amélie / Sample Questions / Select Filmography & Bibliography

East Asian New Wave Cinema: Introduction / A Brief History of East Asian Cinema / Hong Kong New Wave / Case Study: Wong Kar-wai / China’s Sixth Generation / Case Study: Suzhou River / South Korean New Wave / Case Study: Take Care of My Cat / Sample Questions / Select Filmography & Bibliography

Indian Cinema: Introduction / Art Cinema in India / Popular Hindi Film: ‘Bollywood’ / Case Study: Mohabbatein / Case Study: Qurbani / Case Study: Monsoon Wedding / Sample Questions / Select Filmography & Bibliography


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