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The Second World War on Film

8 February, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 1 March, 2022


A 4-week Course with Dr Julia Wagner

The events of World War II have since inspired countless films, but how did filmmaking in the 1940s inform, influence and persuade audiences during the war years?

This four-week introductory course explores various kinds of wartime filmmaking, including documentary, newsreel, drama and comedy. Through analysing key films and their associated artistic movements and cultural contexts immediately before, after and during the war years, we can see how contemporary attitudes were shaped and reflected by film.

Each session will focus on a different kind of filmmaking, and the seminars will involve detailed film analysis, wider cultural and political contextualisation, and discussion.

Recommended films are all available to view online in the UK, either free or to rent for under £5.00. Selected reading material will also be distributed in advance of the lectures.

You can find out more about Dr Julia Wagner’s extensive work on her website http://www.juliawagnerfilm.com

Attendees in the US, please note this course runs at 11.00am – 12.30pm (Pacific Time)/ 2.00pm – 3.30pm (Eastern Time).


Photo credit: Anna Magnani as Pina in “Rome, Open City” (dir. Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1945). Image Source: BFIPlayer. https://player.bfi.org.uk/subscription/film/watch-rome-open-city-1945-online

Dr Julia Wagner

Dr Julia Wagner

Dr Julia Wagner is a London-based lecturer and writer specialising in film and television. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (UCL) and an MA in Italian Studies (University of Edinburgh). She lectures widely, teaching Film Studies courses for adults and presenting research at cultural centres and international conferences. Julia’s writing has been published by the British Film Institute, Sight & Sound, The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish Quarterly journal. She curated Jewish Britain on Film, a JW3/BFI-funded archive project, and contributed to the British Film Institute’s Fellini Centenary season in 2020. Julia regularly hosts Q&As with filmmakers and is passionate about film education and public engagement. During the Coronavirus lockdown period, hundreds of international participants have attended Julia’s online lectures.


8 February, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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WW2 on Film
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