Subject: Culture, Theater and Cinema Speeches

Scientific Area:

Culture Studies


64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1. - This discipline raises awareness about two types of expressions/languages: theatre and cinema.
2. - In the 1st module, we opt to begin with the 20th century, and to problematize the paths of Europe contemporary dramaturgy in a comparative perspective.
3. - The 2nd module has its objective to create bases to a reflection about cinema, through debates/exchange of ideas, adopting different problematics, both the forms and contents. The module is constituted by two parts: the first one is related to conditions for the codification and its institutionalisation; the defined elements of cinematographic modernity and its historical and esthetic consequences will be introduced, until nowadays, in the second part.
4. - Morever, it intends to decrypt some elements of the cinematographic language through the visioning of film excerpts - West Side Story -, in group context discussion, from an observation, transcription and anthropological interpretation, in a limited dialog refering to a territory concept.


1. - MODULE 1: Theatre and scenarios of conflict 1. Paths and tentencies of drama in Europe and in Portugal over the 20th century
2. - Culture and Conflict: a revolution of/in theatre: the anti-Aristotelian epic from Brecht
3. - The conflic of existentialism and of Absurd in France: contributions from Jean-Paul Sartre and Beckett
4. - The influences of the epic, existentialist and absurd theatres in Portugal: Santareno and Rebello
5. - MODULE 2: Cinema e constructions of imagination Introduction to grammar of cinema. Codification of the film language/expression. Importance and types of (film) editing
6. - The vanguards and its influence in Hollywood
7. - Cinema and visual anthropology. Cinema and Territory: the language of space and the concept of proximity from Hall applied to the film 'West Side Story'.
8. - Foundations of the modern cinema: Welles, the Neorrealism and the Nouvelle Vague. The New Cinemas (Europe, Asia and the Unided States).
9. - The contemporary cinema and the digital paradigm


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BARKER, Chris , Cultural Studies. Theory and Practice. 2 ed. London, Sage Publications, 2003. ,
BRECHT, Bertolt , Estudos sobre teatro, coligidos por Siegfried Unseld (trad. de Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão), Lisboa, Portugália Editora, 1964. ,
CRUZ, Duarte Ivo , História do Teatro Português, Lisboa/São Paulo, Editorial Verbo, 2001. ,
MARTINS, Guilherme de Oliveira , Património, Herança e Memória. A cultura como Criação, Lisboa, Gradiva, 2009. ,
PEIXOTO, Fernando , História do Teatro Europeu, Lisboa, Edições Sílabo, 2006. ,
PIRES, Maria Laura Bettencourt , Teorias da Cultura, Lisboa, Universidade Católica Editora, 2004. ,
SZONDI, P. , Teoria do drama moderno [1880-1950]. São Paulo, Cosac & Naify, 2001. ,
COSTA, Alves , Da lanterna mágica ao cinematógrafo: roteiro de viagem pelo Museu da Cinemateca Portuguesa. Lisboa: Dinalivro, 1986. ,
GEADA, Eduardo , O poder do cinema. Lisboa: Livros Horizonte, 1985. ,
HALL, E. T. , A Linguagem silenciosa. Lisboa: Relógio D?Água Ed, 1994.. ,
MACHADO, Arlindo , Pré-cinemas & pós-cinemas. Campinas: Papirus Editora, 1997. ,
GRILO, João Mário , O Cinema da Não-Ilusão. Histórias para o cinema português. Lisboa: Livros horizonte, 2006. ,
GRILO, João Mário , As Lições do Cinema. Manual de Filmologia. Lisboa: Edições Colibri, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2007. ,
MAZZOLENI, Arcangelo , O ABC da linguagem cinematográfica. Avanca: Edições Cine-Clube de Avanca, 2005. ,
VIVEIROS, Paulo , A imagem do cinema: história teoria e estética. Lisboa, Edições universitárias Lusófonas, 2.ª ed. 2005. ,

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
During the theoretical lectures, the UC exposes and discusses the syllabus contents. In the theoretical-practical lectures and the tutorial supervisions, the improvement of the interactions between teacher and students - among students themselves - are to be considered and reiforced, aiming at motivating the acquisition, the understanding and the practice of knowledge in the framework of the studies of theatre and cinema. The UC also encourages the students to carry out research, to achieve data concerning the covered UC and in indicating other bibliographic references (which are absent in the general bibliography). The contents of the UC syllabus, which are lectured in theory and practice and in the tutorial supervision as well are subjected to periodical assessment. With the objective to assess the students' acquired knowledge, a written test (50%) and a research work (50%) have to be fulfilled. For this purpose, the students will choose one of the two modules from this UC.