Women Make Film Episode 1: Openings and Tone

12 March
Location informationArc Cinema
Event costFree (bookings essential)

This episode contains the following chapters:


With examples from 1943 to 2013 – and covering countries from China to Iran and Australia to Finland - we look at how to open a film. From mysterious, direct, floating and foreboding beginnings to plunging straight in; all are instructive in creating an immediate world. 


What’s the tone of a film – not its story or theme, but what its world feels like? We go back to Hollywood and director Dorothy Arzner with Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) and its glamorous, amorous mood. This chapter looks at the myriad ways in which directors set the tones of their films, including delight, anger, poetry, double tones, moral seriousness, caring, edginess and violence.



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