Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Through courses with alternating themes every year, the student becomes acquainted with different areas of film history, such as film genres, major directors, special themes, or interplay between film and other arts.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 17.10.2022 - 21.10.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Olaf Möller, Satu Kyösola

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Satu Kyösola: 050 5541655 tai

Olaf Möller:

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course contents change every year. Specific course descriptions will be updated in MyCourses Syllabus at the latest three weeks before the beginning of the course.


  • applies in this implementation

    ELO-E1032 Film History Theme Courses 1

    Laughter in the Dark: 1970s Finnish Cinema Between Experiments and Populism (2 ECTS)

    The 1970s are commonly considered something akin to a blank space in Finnish film history: In 1974, production sank to the all-time low of a mere two locally produced releases. In some ways this is not surprising: The studio system and its securities was gone, while film subsidizing was not truly thought through and structured. Thus, every film was in some ways an adventure. Looked at more carefully, the 1970s reveal themselves as a period of wild experimentation as well as a never before nor since closeness of high and low cinematic idioms – art, avant-garde and trash overlapped and cross-pollinated each other in ever surprising ways. In this course, we'll watch prime examples for the experimental as well as the populist spirit of the era, with classics from axioms like Rauni Mollberg meeting almost unseen works by mavericks lost to the winds of time like Pekka Hyytiäinen. Watching and discussing these, we'll find out how porous, permeable the borders between genres and tastes can be....

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Evaluation on a scale of 0-5, based primarily on the essay or other individual assignment approved by the teacher in charge.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching: Screenings, lectures, discussions (21 hours)

    Independent work: essay or other individual assignment approved by the teacher in charge (33 hours)

    Accepted completion of the course requires 80% attendance in contact teaching


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses: Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture,

    The maximum number of participants in the course is 45 students. The course will not be held if there are less than 5 students enrolled.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course will be organized in Cinema Orion (Eerikinkatu 15, 00100 Helsinki) as follows:

    Mon 17.10. / 9 am to 4 pm

    Tues 18.10 / 9 am to 4 pm

    Wed 19.10 / 9 am to 4 pm

    Thu 20.10. / 9 am to 2 pm

    Fri 21.10. / 9 am to 4 pm

    All films will be screened on 35 mm film.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    There is an hour-long lunch break at around noon. Daily schedules depend on the length of films, lectures and discussions.

    Please be on time in the mornings as the lecture starts at 9 am sharp!