"film studies" blog posts
The Battle of Algiers: an iconic film whose message of hope still resonates today
Dr Maria Flood, lecturer in World Cinema, discusses Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 production The Battle of Algiers in an article for The Conversation.
Posted on: 21 October 2021
How 9/11 changed cinema
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.
Posted on: 15 September 2021
Our Favourite International Oscar Nominated Films
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.
Posted on: 28 April 2021
Villains and Queer Cinema
Film Studies student Harriet Bell talks about her experience growing up with queer representation in mainstream media and how things are changing.
Posted on: 1 February 2021
Modern Language Films on Free-to-View Platforms Internship
For this blog post, we have created a mini ‘Student Picks’ Film Festival. We have each chosen a film that appealed to us during our research and have written a small review to show you more about the great films that are available on these platforms.
Posted on: 1 February 2021
Italian film noir: a new cinematic concept?
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.
Posted on: 27 November 2020
Welcome to Liverpool! 5 tips for Modern Languages and Cultures students new to University of Liverpool
Welcome week runs from 28 September – 2 October 2020 and is set to be a little different this year, however there are still tons of events and tools that you can use to interact with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC), explore the city and get to know the University of Liverpool as a new student. Here are 5 tips for MLC students during Welcome Week to get your university experience off to a flying start:
Posted on: 26 September 2020
Creating the Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing project toolkit
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.
Posted on: 28 May 2020
‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ - film director, Agnès Varda, at Liverpool Biennial
French and English student, Paige Johnson, explores the work of pioneering French New Wave director, Agnès Varda at Liverpool Biennial.
Posted on: 16 October 2018
Filming the Footy
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?
Posted on: 29 June 2018
Three things I love about 'Call me by your name'
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.
Posted on: 31 January 2018
Metropolis - 'the mother of sci-fi cinema' 90 years on
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.
Posted on: 9 November 2017
Lives beyond the headlines – Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Film Festival
We are always looking for new ways of sharing Iberian and Latin American culture with Liverpool audiences and enriching the experience of our students. Since 2006, we have organised a week of events and activities for students and the public, focusing on the Portuguese-speaking world and Spanish, Basque and Catalan-speaking cultures. This year we have put together a Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Film Festival, after being awarded the Spanish Film Club grant by the U.S. distributors PRAGDA.
Posted on: 10 October 2017
"After music, languages have always been my second love" - Dan Haggis, The Wombats
Les Wombats? It could have happened! We caught up with Dan Haggis, drummer with indie rockers The Wombats, about his memories of studying languages at Liverpool and the tough decision to say au revoir to his degree and kick start his career as a professional musician.
Posted on: 28 March 2017
An alternative to the awards season: three Latin American films to watch
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!
Posted on: 25 January 2017
A ghostly and shadowy world - why we love Nosferatu
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.
Posted on: 24 October 2016