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TC Film School: The Art of Cinema – Evening Classes, Autumn 2019 ★ Part One ★

Mon 16 September, 2019 @ 7:30 pm


TC Film School is part of our educational programme, offering courses in ideas and concepts about cinema, as well as practical filmmaking. This Autumn we have a two part programme on Monday evenings on The Art of Cinema, based on films shown in our Autumn programme.

“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” – Orson Welles

Could we also add artist, composer and author to Welles’ role of the poet? The Art of Cinema explores the input of all these contributors to the process of creating films.

The first part of the programme (16th, 23rd, 30th September and 7th October) picks up from our previous course on the Language of Cinema, delving deeper into what films can be, by asking if cinema is more than a narrative medium: does it go beyond telling stories? We’ll also consider what we mean by the word ‘art’ in cinema by relating films to other art forms and discussing the input of scriptwriters, composers, cinematographers and art directors, whilst not ignoring debates about how creative film directors are, or aren’t. The course will also involve defining aesthetics in cinema and the ways spectators engage with artistic elements of films. Amongst the debates will be the tension between cinema as commercial production and cinema as creative expression: for example, is Totnes Cinema an art house cinema – and what does this even mean?

Having scoped out the terrain, part two of the programme (28th October and 4th, 11th and 18th November) will expand on the relationship of art and cinema. We’ll spend time looking into the key concept of representation in art and film, questioning distinctions between socio-political,  psychological and artistic aspects of what films are portraying. This will lead us into thinking about the place of art in cinema across different cultures and within different national approaches to making films.

The two-part course is aimed at those who would like to explore and debate the significance of films beyond being briefly entertained or momentarily moved. Attendance on the previous Language of Cinema course (or similar) will be an advantage, but it is open to anyone who is keen to be introduced to new ways of engaging with the ideas and issues outlined above. It would be a good starting point for anyone considering further academic study of film at school or university.

Please buy tickets below to sign up for Part One, which takes place on the following dates:

  • 16 September 2019
  • 23 September 2019
  • 30 September 2019
  • 7 October 2019

Please note that the two parts of the course are stand-alone, and you can sign up to either or both.




Mon 16 September, 2019
7:30 pm


Totnes Cinema
27a High Street
Totnes, Devon TQ95NP
01803 269 832


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