7 days
Duration
Australia
Destination

Discovering World Cinema 

Each day of the program is devoted to a different global film tradition. (Over the course of the week, we will focus on Japan, Russia, Iran, Italy, and Australia.) The mornings will start with an interactive lecture on the different visual languages and conventions that film critics tend to associate with these traditions. We then hone in on a particular director, exploring his or her larger body of work, before introducing the necessary context for the afternoon’s film. After the screening, we will discuss some of the technical aspects of the film (including camerawork, lighting, music, etc.) as well as broader themes and ideas. Throughout the course, we’ll also be thinking about how foreign-language films are consumed by different audiences, and how the meaning of such films changes when they are screened in different contexts.

 

The course is designed to introduce participants to a range of global films that are artistic and left-of-centre, but which are also accessible and entertaining selections!

Our program also includes an excursion to the beautiful State Theatre of Hobart, a historic, art-deco cinema built in 1913, for a screening of a newly-released arthouse film. We will also take an afternoon excursion to the Tasmanian Museum, to see the collection devoted to Louise Lovely, the first Australian film star in Hollywood.


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Deepen your understanding of five global cinema traditions, and learn more about various film techniques.
2
Discover five masterpieces of world cinema, and learn about their production and cultural significance.
3
Visit the beautiful State Theatre of Hobart, a historic, art-deco cinema built in 1913, for a screening of a newly-released arthouse film.
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Think more about how foreign films are received by different audiences, and how their meanings shift in different contexts.
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Visit the Tasmania Museum to see the collection devoted to Louise Lovely, the first Australian film star in Hollywood.

Overview: The tour will begin with a welcome dinner at the hotel, where we have the chance to meet other Summer School participants.

Overview:  On the first day of the program, we begin with a lecture on Alexander Sokurov’s 2002 masterpiece Russian Ark. We learn about the extraordinary technical difficulties involved in producing this film, and think though its artistic response to European civilization. The lecture also sets up the context and explores various reception issues.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film.

Overview: Today, we begin with a lecture on Yasujirō Ozu’s 1953 classic Tokyo Story. We learn about the historical significance of this film, and set up its complex use of framing and shots to generate an unforgettably intimate film experience.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film.

Overview: Today, we begin with a lecture on Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 film A Separation, which traces the ever-expanding moral ripples of a marriage breakdown. Together, we explore the cultural significance of this film, and think through how its attempt to reframe Iranian experience for a predominately western audience.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film.

Overview: Today, we begin with a lecture on Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 neorealist masterpiece The Bicycle Thieves. The lecture situates the film in post-war Italian society, and explores its many cinematic innovations. Together, we explore the complex relationship at the heart of this film, and consider its oscillation between sentimentalism and realism. We also look at what a number of film theorists have had to say about its use of perspective and focalisation.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film.

Overview:                         On the final day of the program, we meet with a lecture on Ingmar Bergman’s film Winter Light. The lecture looks at the history of Swedish cinema, situates the film in Bergman’s broader filmography, and considers the kind of visual language that the film deploys.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film. In the afternoon, we also head down to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, to see the material relating to Louise Lovely, Australia’s first Hollywood film star.

Evening         We enjoy a farewell dinner together with other Odyssey Summer School groups.

Overview: The tour will end after breakfast.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 6 nights in full en suite accommodation in central Hobart.
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Complimentary wifi.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Return airfares to and from Hobart.
  • Airport transfers to/from your Hobart Hotel
  • Costs of a personal nature.

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Tour Reviews

February 1, 2018

Well done!

February 1, 2018

Lucas Thompson exceeded expectations in all areas

February 1, 2018

Very enjoyable

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