"film" blog posts

The Battle of Algiers: an iconic film whose message of hope still resonates today

Posted on: 21 October 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Yacef Saadi, military leader of the FLN National Liberation Front networks of the autonomous zone of Algiers, poses after being captured at the end of the “Battle of Algiers”

Dr Maria Flood, lecturer in World Cinema, discusses Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 production The Battle of Algiers in an article for The Conversation.


How 9/11 changed cinema

Posted on: 15 September 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Image of the Conversation article.

Dr Maria Flood, lecturer in World Cinema, collaborated with Professor Micheal Frank from the University of Zurich to discuss and explore how 9/11 impacted cinema in an article for The Conversation. Below are some excerpts from the piece.


Welcome to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film!

Posted on: 28 June 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Languages Students sitting and chatting in the Language Lounge

We are delighted to announce that from 1 July 2021 the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures will change its name to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film.


Our Favourite International Oscar Nominated Films

Posted on: 28 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Image of a roll of film tickets.

Awards season is in full swing and the most anticipated movie event of the year is finally upon us. The 93rd Academy Awards will be broadcast live from Hollywood on 25th April ready to crown 2020’s best productions and we can’t wait to see who the big winners will be this year.


Italian film noir: a new cinematic concept?

Posted on: 27 November 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

A scene from the film Romanzo Criminale

Is there an Italian film noir? And if so, what is it? These crucial questions, among many others, will be tackled by the Italian film noir special issue co-edited by Dr Marco Paoli (University of Liverpool) and Dr Barbara Pezzotti (Monash University) and recently published in Studies in European Cinema. In particular, this special issue explores crime films from a creative and innovative thematic perspective, namely the influence of the concept of noir on Italian cinema.


Creating the Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing project toolkit

Posted on: 28 May 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Organisers of a Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing workshop

The Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing project uses cinema to encourage wellbeing among the elderly — particularly those living with dementia in care home settings. Project leads Professor Lisa Shaw (Department of Modern Languages and Cultures) and Professor Julia Hallam (Department of Communication and Media) explain how the project got started and share details of the Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing project toolkit.


Colette - a writer for our times?

Posted on: 9 January 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Colette film poster

Academic, Pollie Bromilow, reviews Wash Westmoreland’s latest film, 'Colette', and explores what it means for our understanding of this key French author.


Art in the city - what to see at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Posted on: 20 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Someone holding the Biennial Guide with an exposed brick background

More than 40 artists from 22 countries will participate in this year’s Liverpool Biennial which invites artists and audiences to reflect on \"...a world in social, political and economic turmoil\". It's the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK and this year's theme is 'Beautiful world, where are you?'.


Filming the Footy

Posted on: 29 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

If you’re reading this, I guess that, for you, watching big football moments like the Euro Championship or the World Cup, is a cinematic experience. A story told on a screen. At just over an hour and a half the narrative arc of a game plays out across much the same timescale as an average feature film. And although the constraints are very different, cameras are cameras and their vocabulary is structured by their capabilities: to come in close, to sweep across space, to focus on everything in their field or to blur out all but the centre of interest. What is a football game, considered as a film?


Children at the Mexican-US border: '...a long, dangerous, and harrowing journey'

Posted on: 21 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Children sitting on a train

The uproar surrounding the detention of children at the Mexican-US border has brought attention to the migration of Central Americans to the US.


Three things I love about 'Call me by your name'

Posted on: 31 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

call me by your name poster

We're looking forward to the Oscars! Here's Italian language assistant, Margaret Petrarca, to tell us why she loves 'Call me by your name' - nominated for four awards and directed by Italian director, Luca Guadagnino.


Metropolis - 'the mother of sci-fi cinema' 90 years on

Posted on: 9 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Robot poster

As human beings, we are always fascinated by the future - and Metropolis is the original and perhaps greatest film about a city of the future.


Contradictions, counter-cultures and 'a rural world of mythical force' - film festival highlights

Posted on: 24 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man and woman embracing

As we gear up for the start of the Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Festival on 26 October, three of the team behind the festival have chosen some of their top highlights.


An alternative to the awards season: three Latin American films to watch

Posted on: 25 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

The Oscars and statue

It's awards season, so we asked Dr Niamh Thornton to choose her top three Latin American films released in 2016, as an alternative to the Hollywood heavyweights!


A ghostly and shadowy world - why we love Nosferatu

Posted on: 24 October 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Vampire next to a bed.

There's no doubt that vampires continue to be a fascination in the world of film. (Remember that tiny movie called 'Twilight'?) But this Halloween we are thinking back to where it all started: F. W. Murnau’s 'Nosferatu' from 1922.