Filmology - 1st and 2nd semester


This course will provide a basic introduction to the film language, as well as filmic theories and practices. We will discuss seminal issues using film sequences in order to understand how film became a way of thinking about the world and its reality through its own concepts and signs. We will observe an epistemological model that reflects these questions, studying, namely, the work of Gilles Deleuze (Movement-Image), but also other authors` statements and directors` works.
a. Understand the relevance of film theory and practices in the field of communication sciences;
b. Understand movie pictures, and be able to analyze films using specific concepts;
c. Be able to understand film in the context of audiovisual industries, both in terms of form and sense;
d. Know the principal moments of film historiography;
e. Understand the social dimension of film experience.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Irene Aparício


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





ANDREW, Dudley; Concepts in Film Theory, New York, Oxford University Press, 1995
AUMONT, Jacques; L`Image, Paris, Nathan / HER, 2001
AUMONT, Jacques; Les théories des cinéastes, Paris, Nathan, 2002
DELEUZE, Gilles; L’image-mouvement, Paris, Minuit, 1983
GRILO, João Mário, As Lições do Cinema, Lisboa, Colibri, 2007
KOLKER, Phillip, Film, Form and Culture, New York, McGraw-Hill, 2005

Outras referências específicas bem como alguns textos básicos serão disponibilizados ao longo do Semestre, na plataforma Moodle;

Other references as well as basic readings will be provided for students thoughout the semester.

Teaching method

In this course we will expose and explain some of the most important filmic concepts and theories - including Deleuze`s taxonomy of Movement-image, Eisenstein`s \"montage\", sound design, etc. Additionally, we will consider and discuss theoretical, but also practical issues by analysing different film sequences.
In class teaching

Evaluation method

Evaluation method:
Student’s evaluation is based on their effective knowledge on film theory, and their capabilities to think critically.
a. 1st test: in Class (50% of grade);
b. 2nd test: e-learning / Moodle (50% of grade).
If you need to improve your mark: written exercise (max. 6000 car.) 100%

Subject matter

I. Film concepts: an introduction
1. Structural concepts (scene, sequence, shot)
2. Imagetic concepts (axe, angle, frame, camera movements)
3. Continuity concepts (field, out of field, counterfield, raccord)
II. Genealogy of Cinema
Cinema, perspective, and depth of field
III. Archaeological foundation of film
1. The ambiguity of film technique and language and its relation with pre-cinema
2. Film, between culture and physiology. The Lumière`s cinematograph: from the image in movement to the movement-image
IV. The Movement-image
1. Technique and imaginary: the concept of image.
2. The Deleuzian perspective
2.1 Absolute and relative dimensions of movement: the concept of shot as mediation between part and totality
V. Film images
1. The cinematographic perception
2. Deleuzian taxonomy: perception, action and affection
3. Perception and editing
VI. Sound perception
1. Mute cinema: the sound of silent films
2. The empire of synchrony
3. A sound imaginary and its creators