Film Appreciation

By Prof. Aysha Iqbal   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 2299
The course focuses on helping the participants to appreciate cinema by understanding its distinct language, its narrative complexity and the way films control and stimulate our thoughts and feelings. Through various examples from Indian and international cinema, the course will explain how cinema as a visual medium, engages with us in constructing meaning.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any Interested Learners
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Exam Date : 26 Sep 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

WEEK 1 :
  • Introduction
  • Key concepts-Part 1
  • Key Concepts-Part 2
  • Film Theory
  • Genre Theory
WEEK 2 : 
  • Traditions in World Cinema-Lecture: German Expressionism
  • Lecture: Italian New-Realism
  • Lecture: French New Wave
  • Lecture: Spanish Cinema
  • Lecture: British New Wave
  • Lecture: Chinese Cinema
WEEK 3 : 
  • Action Cinema
  • Lecture: Deewar
  • Aspects of Cinema: Melodrama
  • Formalism in Cinema
  • The Language of Cinema
  • Devdas
  • City Cinema
WEEK 4 :
  • The Semiotics of Cinema
  • Raging Bull
  • Robert Bresson
  • Studio Cinema: Part -1
  • Studio Cinema: Part 2
WEEK 5 : 
  • New Hollywood Cinema: Part 1
  • New Hollywood Cinema: Part 2
  • History of Hindi Cinema Part 1
  • History of Hindi Cinema Part 2
  • History of Hindi Cinema: Part 3
WEEK 6 :
  • Aspects of cinema:
  • Ideology in Cinema
  • Character in Cinema

Cinema in India : 
  • Mythological Cinema in India
  • The Cinema of Satyajit Ray
  • Hindi Film Music

WEEK 7 : 
  • WORLD CINEMA  : The Hollywood musicals
  • WORLD CINEMA  : African cinema
  • WORLD CINEMA  : Iranian cinema
  • WORLD CINEMA  : Canadian Cinema
  • WORLD CINEMA  : Eastern European Cinema
  • WORLD CINEMA  : European Cinema Hungary, Sweden, Greece
WEEK 8 : 
  • Postmodernism and cinema
  • Small towns in cinema
  • Film sequels, remakes and cult films
  • Parallel Cinema from India

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. Aysha Iqbal

IIT Madras
Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan is professor of film studies, drama and popular culture in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Among her several books are Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors(ed.) Sage: New Delhi, 2017, Post-liberalization Indian Novels in English: Global Reception & Politics of Award London: ANTHEM, 2013.  Her books on communication include English for Technical Communication, and English for Nurses and English for the Hotel Industry

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 26 September 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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