Maria Paradeisi, Associate Professor

Maria Paradeisi is associate professor of History and Theory of Film, in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, of Panteion University, Athens. She studied Law, Political Science and Cinema (Aristotle University of Thessalonica, Paris X and Paris VIII) and she obtained her Doctorate Degree in Political Sociology, in 1984 (Thesis title: Women’ s Representations in Hollywood Cinema, 1984). She worked for Greek radio, television and cinema from 1985 to 1989 and directed films for Greek television.
She is the author of the book Cinematic Narration and Delinquency in the Greek Cinema (1994-2004), Athens, Greece, 2006, Typothito Press, 2013. She published a large number of papers on Greek cinema and women’s cinema in Greek and foreign journals and books. Her most recent publication is a collective volume titled: From the early to the Contemporary Greek Cinema. Questions of Methodology, Theory, History. (Maria Paradeisi, Aphrodite Nikolaidou eds), Gutenberg 2017.

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History of world cinema I [410091]

It refers to the history of world cinema from its beginning up until WWII. The evolution of the seventh art is analyzed in the historical and aesthetic context of each period. The courses are accompanied with clips from the most important films and the screenings of 5 classical films (Battleship Potempkin by Sergei Eisenstein, The General by Buster Keaton, Das Cabinet der Dr Kaligari by Robert Wiene, La grande illusion by Jean Renoir, Citizen Kane by Orson Welles).

Syllabus

  1. Βirth of the seventh art. The pioneers in France (Lumière brothers and GeorgesMeliès), England (Brighton school) and USA (Edwin S. Porter)
  2. The evolution in Europe and USA (Ferdinand Zecca, Max Linder, Louis Feuilland). The “film d’ art”. David Wark Griffith
  3. The development of comedy: Mack Sennet, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Harry Langton. Projection of the film, The general by Keaton (1926, 80΄)
  4. Hollywood in the 20’s. Thomas Ince, film genres, the star-system, the code Hays. The directors of the period: Cecil de Mill, Eric von Stroheim, Ernst Lubitsch, Robert Flaherty.
  5. The German Expressionism. Film genres and directors. Projection of the film, Das Cabinet der dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene (1919, 68’)
  6. Soviet Montage. Projection of the film Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein (1925, 70’). The French avant-garde.
  7. Sound Cinema in USA. Hollywood directors in the 30’s.
  8. French poetic realism. Jean Vigo, René Clair, Marcel Carné, Jean Renoir.
  9. Projection of the film, La grande illusion by Jean Renoir (1937, 117’)
  10. Sound cinema in Germany and France. The English documentary school.
    Alfred Hitchcock. Hollywood at the beginning of the 40’s. The film noir
  11. Projection of the film, Citizen Kane by Orson Welles (1941, 110’)

Bibliography

  • Gerald Mast, Bruce Kawin, A Short History of the Movies, Allyn and Bacon
  • David Cook, A History of Narrative Film, W. W Norton & Co
  • Geoffrey Nowell-Smith ed., The Oxford History of World Cinema, Oxford University Press

History of world cinema II [410107]

It refers to the history of world cinema from the WWII up until the 80’s. The evolution of the seventh art is analyzed in the historical and aesthetic context of each period. The courses are accompanied with clips from the most important films and the screenings of 5 classical films (Roma citta aperta, Βy Roberto Rosselini, Hiroshima mon amour by Alain Resnais, Closely watched trains by Jiri Menzel, Ali: Fear eats the soul by Reiner Fassbinder , Bonnie and Clyde by Arthur Pen)

Syllabus

1. Introduction to the post-war European cinema. Italian neorealism. Projection of the film Roma, citta aperta by Roberto Rossellini (1945, 103΄)
2. Visconti, Fellini, Antonioni. Directors of the 70’s in Italy. Post-war classicism in France. Ophüls, Bresson, Tati.
3. The new wave in France. Projection of the film, Hiroshima mon amour by Alain Resnais (1958, 90΄)
4 – 5. The new wave in Eastern Europe. Projection of the film, Closely watched trains by Jiri Menzel (1966, 93΄)
6. The new German cinema. Projection of the film Ali, fear eats the soul by Reiner Fassbinder (1973, 94΄).Three European auteurs: Ingmar Bergman, Louis Buñuel, Carl Dreyer.
7. The post-war English cinema
8. Introduction to the Greek cinema
9. The post-war American cinema (1945-1965). American genres in the 50’s. The directors.
10. The American cinema II (1965-1980). Projection of the film Bonnie and Clyde by
Arthur Penn ( 1975, 111΄).
11.American directros of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s
12. The Japanese cinema
13. Cinema in India, China and Africa.