Educational films on film theory and history


"Cinema is a painting presented as music." Jean-Luc Godard

An educational film for film students about the connection between the two arts, which are close in their pictorial nature - painting and cinematography. The film presents vivid examples of the reminiscences of painting in cinema: it's a collection of famous cases of the world cinematographers' shots based on the compositions of famous painters' paintings. Of course, the main idea here is not in the repetition or mechanical transfer to the screen of the work of painting, but in the ability to convey through film the atmosphere and beauty of the picture, which inspired the director.


"I've been stealing from Vigo for years, but I can't turn it over." Federico Fellini

Gien is the grandchildren on his daughter's side. Since children born of a daughter are not the successors of their own family, but of their husband's family, their children are called separately "zhien". It is noteworthy that according to Kazakh custom, a zhien, i.e. any grandson from the daughter's side can take whatever he wants in the grandfather's house without the master's permission.

The educational film "Giender" ("Reverence") is about the influence of directors on each other, which can be expressed both arbitrarily, in the sense of creative borrowing or quotation, and involuntarily, since such "stealing" can also be an accidental coincidence. But it should be remembered that everything can be "stolen" in this way, except the style, which is directly related to the individual vision of the author.

Dreams in movies

Dreams are a very popular topic in movies. Perhaps this can be explained by the fact that dreams are primarily a visual object. Since time immemorial, dreams have been assigned a special and mystical role. Man in a dream can see their fantasies and dreams, or, conversely, hidden fears and problems. Often dreams predict the future or help us find a solution to a difficult situation. Therefore, in the arts of many peoples dreams have a special role. By filming "dreams" in their classic films, filmmakers most freely express their vision, conveying in cinematic language certain information that cannot be spoken about directly. Such a theme in cinema contributes to finding and using interesting artistic discoveries and techniques, breaking the logic of the narrative and expanding the boundaries of the director's imagination.

Sex in film

Sex in film has its cinematic genius not only because of instinct. The greater impact is the hint of sex or the play with imagination that forms the basis of cinematic art. The direct representation of sex is pornography, but with the skillful use of the power of this instinct, interesting and very beautiful representations can arise on the screen.

Poetry in film

The process of creating a film by a director is akin to a poet composing and writing a poem. In the same way that a poet takes words that already exist in his language and uses them in a certain way to create his own poem, the film director also shoots objects, houses, places and people that already exist in reality, and by assembling all this in the way he wants, creates a film. It is this essential similarity that makes cinema and poetry as connected as possible.

Death in film

Undoubtedly, "death," is one of the most common cinematic themes. The theme of death and violence has always been raised by many filmmakers with pleasure and in many different aspects: death as the natural end of life or its comprehension, death as the fear of existence, death as a challenge to life - suicide, death as murder, that is, violent death, etc. This is not because filmmakers are morally defective, but because these themes (death, violence, sex) are very genetic objects of filmmaking; as they say, they ask to be filmed by themselves. Hence the special responsibility of the authors of such scenes.


A series of educational films "Autographs" is a textbook for film students, dedicated to the works of outstanding writers of the world cinema. These films show and study the most striking and unique fragments, typical and frequently repeated directorial techniques (scenes, shots) from the films, which are important in the works of this or that author. In the process of viewing and analyzing these educational films, students studying film directing, film studies, and cinematography will be able to get acquainted with the work of world cinema directors - to identify important artistic techniques and pictorial solutions, which subsequently formed various trends in cinematography and initiated the evolution of "cinematic language".

"Autographs" contribute to an in-depth study of current methods of filmmaking, as well as help identify and compare the features of style, the "handwriting" of the director in a concise form. "Autographs" includes a number of instructional film tutorials devoted to a brief study of the works of such outstanding filmmakers as Jean Vigo, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson, and others.

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