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IB Film Studies


"The study of film in an international context allows students to broaden their vision of film culture beyond the dominance of Hollywood or popular network television images, in keeping with the spirit of intercultural understanding promoted by the IBO."

About This Class

Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. The Diploma Programme film course aims
to develop students’ skills so that they become adept in both interpreting and making film texts.
Through the study and analysis of film texts and exercises in film-making, the Diploma Programme film
course explores film history, theory and socio-economic background. The course develops students’ critical
abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To
achieve an international understanding within the world of film, students are taught to consider film texts,
theories and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures.


The IB film course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of a group. Students
are encouraged to develop the professional and technical skills (including organizational skills) needed to
express themselves creatively in film. A challenge for students following this course is to become aware
of their own perspectives and biases and to learn to respect those of others. This requires willingness to
attempt to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to have an open
and critical mind. Thus, the IB film course can become a way for the student to celebrate the international
and intercultural dynamic that inspires and sustains a type of contemporary film, while appreciating
specifically local origins that have given rise to cinematic production in many parts of the world.
For any student to create, to present and to study film requires courage, passion and curiosity: courage

Required Text: Visual Storytelling, Videography and Post Production in the Digital Age. 2nd Ed. Osgood & Hinshaw

Films to Watch

Image of Citizen Kane


Citizen Kane (1941)


Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)

Director: Orson Welles

Stars: Orson WellesJoseph CottenDorothy ComingoreAgnes Moorehead

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“ This is basically film school 101, and is a great movie to see regardless. Nearly every class I took made some reference to this film in a lecture or on a test. ” - avolleybgirl


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Breathless (1960)


A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Stars: Jean-Paul BelmondoJean SebergDaniel BoulangerHenri-Jacques Huet

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“ I personally don't like this movie, but it was highly influential and it will be discussed at some point in film school, most likely in your first class. ” - avolleybgirl


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Vertigo (1958)


A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Stars: James StewartKim NovakBarbara Bel GeddesTom Helmore

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“ Out of all the Alfred Hitchcock movies we studied, this one came up the most. ” - avolleybgirl


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The Seventh Seal (1957)


A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Stars: Max von SydowGunnar BjörnstrandBengt EkerotNils Poppe

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“ Ingmar Bergman has been a film school staple for years and this is his most famous movie. ” - avolleybgirl


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Rashomon (1950)


A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Stars: Toshirô MifuneMachiko KyôMasayuki MoriTakashi Shimura

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“ Akira Kurosawa is one of the "Big Three" non Hollywood directors you will hear about in film school, the other two being Ingmar Bergman and Frederico Fellini. Kurosawa has had a great influence on Hollywood movies, including westerns and the original Star Wars films. Rashomon will likely come up in film school due to it's storytelling structure, which will feel familiar since it has been referenced in many places including cartoons. ”- avolleybgirl


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Seven Samurai (1954)


A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Stars: Toshirô MifuneTakashi ShimuraKeiko TsushimaYukiko Shimazaki

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“ Kurosawa's other masterpiece. ” - avolleybgirl


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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)

Director: Federico Fellini

Stars: Marcello MastroianniAnouk AiméeClaudia CardinaleSandra Milo

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“ One of Fellini's most well known movies. We never studied it when I was in film school, but we did study Fellini and this is a good one to start with if you want to see more of his movies. ” - avolleybgirl


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Eraserhead (1977)


Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)

Director: David Lynch

Stars: Jack NanceCharlotte StewartAllen JosephJeanne Bates

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“ David Lynch is a director worth knowing if you're going to be a director or film student. This is arguably his most surreal movie. ” - avolleybgirl


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The Godfather (1972)


The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Marlon BrandoAl PacinoJames CaanDiane Keaton

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“ A great movie for everyone to see regardless of whether they are a film student or someone who just wants to see a good movie every now and then. ” - avolleybgirl


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Fight Club (1999)


An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Brad PittEdward NortonMeat LoafZach Grenier

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“ We barely talked about this in any classes, but it is a very popular movie among college students, especially film majors, and you don't want to be the only one in the classroom who hasn't seen it. ” - avolleybgirl


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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)


Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)

Director: Arthur Penn

Stars: Warren BeattyFaye DunawayMichael J. PollardGene Hackman

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“ One of the first movies that truly shocked audiences because of it's bloody violence. You'll likely hear about this movie at some point in film school. ” - avolleybgirl


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Battleship Potemkin (1925)


In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre. (75 mins.)

Director: S.M. Eisenstein

Stars: Aleksandr AntonovVladimir BarskiyGrigoriy AleksandrovIvan Bobrov

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“ A great achievement in film making, but most film majors will admit they didn't enjoy this movie. Be prepared to hear at least 4 lectures in your first year that analyze each shot of the "Odessa steps" sequence. Also be prepared to be burnt out on Sergei Eisenstein in the first year. Despite that, it is still good to be familiar with him and this film as a film major. ” - avolleybgirl


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Raging Bull (1980)


An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Robert De NiroCathy MoriartyJoe PesciFrank Vincent

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“ See above. ” - avolleybgirl


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There Will Be Blood (2007)


A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars: Daniel Day-LewisPaul DanoCiarán HindsMartin Stringer

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“ I was a college Freshmen when this came out and it was one of the most popular movies among film majors and professors at the time. ” - avolleybgirl


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No Country for Old Men (2007)


Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)

Director: Ethan CoenJoel Coen

Stars: Tommy Lee JonesJavier BardemJosh BrolinWoody Harrelson

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“ This was also very popular when I started film school. ” - avolleybgirl


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Bicycle Thieves (1948)


In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)

Director: Vittorio De Sica

Stars: Lamberto MaggioraniEnzo StaiolaLianella CarellElena Altieri

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“ You will likely discuss Italian Neo-realism in a film class. This is my favorite one and I actually found it enjoyable unlike the others I saw. ” - avolleybgirl


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Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)


In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)

Director: Werner Herzog

Stars: Klaus KinskiRuy GuerraHelena RojoDel Negro

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“ Be sure to get familiar with Werner Herzog. This is considered to be one of his best movies. ” - avolleybgirl


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Nosferatu (1922)


Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)

Director: F.W. Murnau

Stars: Max SchreckGreta SchröderRuth LandshoffGustav von Wangenheim

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“ When the teachers discuss early German cinema, this will come up. ” - avolleybgirl


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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)


Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)

Director: Robert Wiene

Stars: Werner KraussConrad VeidtFriedrich FeherLil Dagover

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“ German Expressionism is another huge topic in the early days of film school. This is one of the most famous expressionist films. It also had a clear influence on Tim Burton. ” - avolleybgirl


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Rear Window (1954)


A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Stars: James StewartGrace KellyWendell CoreyThelma Ritter

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“ As I said before, Hitchcock is a huge topic in film school and this is another one of his best movies. ” - avolleybgirl


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The Shining (1980)


A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Jack NicholsonShelley DuvallDanny LloydScatman Crothers

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“ This and Full Metal Jacket are a lot of people's first Kubrick films they ever watch. ” - avolleybgirl


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Touch of Evil (1958)


A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)

Director: Orson Welles

Stars: Charlton HestonOrson WellesJanet LeighJoseph Calleia

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“ The opening, 5 minute long tracking shot is still intense and iconic. ” - avolleybgirl




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M (1931)


When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)

Director: Fritz Lang

Stars: Peter LorreEllen WidmannInge LandgutOtto Wernicke

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“ One of Fritz Lang's sound films. This was highly influential and still holds up well as an entertaining thriller. Peter Lorre is very creepy in one of his best performances. ” - avolleybgirl


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Metropolis (1927)


In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)

Director: Fritz Lang

Stars: Brigitte HelmAlfred AbelGustav FröhlichRudolf Klein-Rogge

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“ A classic sci-fi movie from another great German Filmmaker Fritz Lang. ” - avolleybgirl


History of Cinema

Basic Equipment Operation

Film Production

Film Genres

Film Form

Narrative Form

Film Style


Dimensions of Editing


Concept of Style

Non Hollywood




Gender Study

Race Study

Cultural Constructs

Film List

Directors List