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The Cinematheque and the Open Learning Agency present the History of Film Study Guides, a series of 20 packages exploring the artists, techniques, styles and practices that have dominated filmmaking for more than 100 years. Throughout the series, we examine why movies and other media look and sound the way they do, and ask why certain themes, codes and conventions continue to pop up in all media today. A great way to teach traditional literary concepts using a medium other than the printed word, these guides offer the perfect introduction for anyone set to begin teaching film studies for the first time.
 
The complete series is available for $150 plus shipping: Order a complete set online by clicking here.
A set of five study guides is available for $50 plus shipping: Order a set of five online by clicking here.
 
Contact us or call 604-688-8202 if you live in the Lower Mainland and would instead like to pick up your order in person.



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01. Visual Storytelling and the Grammar of Filmmaking, Part I
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02. Visual Storytelling and the Grammar of Filmmaking, Part II
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03. Visual Storytelling and Narrative Structure
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04. Money Matters – Business and Corporate Relations in the New Hollywood

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05. Early Masters of the Silent Film Era
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06. The Hollywood Studio System
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07. Masterpieces of the Hollywood Studio Years – His Girl Friday
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08. Masterpieces of the Hollywood Studio Years – The Grapes of Wrath

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09. Masterpieces of the Hollywood Studio Years – Citizen Kane
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10. Genre and Movies
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11. Genre and Film Noir – Double Indemnity
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12. Genre and Hollywood Musicals – Singin’ in the Rain

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13. Genre and the Western – The Searchers
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14. Genre and the Thriller – Vertigo
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15. Independent Cinema and the French New Wave
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16. American Cinema in the 1970s – Chinatown

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17. International Cinema
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18. Women in Film – The Piano
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19. Women in Film – Double Happiness
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20. Canadian Cinema

FILM-SPECIFIC STUDY GUIDES

The Cinematheque’s film-specific study guides act as primers for teachers and students interested in examining contemporary cinema through the lens of film history and media education.

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01. The Mighty
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02. The Sweet Hereafter
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03. Romeo & Juliet
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04. Wag the Dog

THE GREY FOX: STUDY GUIDE AND DOCUMENTARY

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The Grey Fox: Artists and Their Stories is a 30 minute documentary profiling the story behind the making of one of Canadian cinema’s greats: The Grey Fox. It includes extended interviews with Jackie Burroughs, who plays Kate Flynn, and screen writer John Hunter, as well as archival interviews with director Philip Borsos and star Richard Farnsworth. We also have an accompanying study guide available free of charge. Download the guide in English or French. Contact us if you’d like a copy of the guide and/or documentary sent to your school or library. View the documentary on our Vimeo page.