Glamorous, seductive and global in its significance, film is one of the most powerfully influential media forms to emerge in the twentieth century. For over a hundred years, it has offered us representations of fictional and nonfictional worlds, presented gripping stories of right and wrong, and asked questions about what society expects of men and women. It has given us spectacular illusions, told extravagant lies and provided glimpses of shadowy truths. You will immerse yourself in the culture of film and develop your understanding, from basic approaches to highly sophisticated interpretative and analytical strategies. Exploring the history and development of film also encourages you to understand and analyse critical concepts of the study of cultural forms.