Mark William Poole
My first degree was in English Literature and Film Studies at the first university in Great Britain to offer Film Studies as an option of study. As a result, I learnt about the French Nouvelle Vague, German Expressionism, Soviet Socialist Realism and the Italian Neorealists.
The course also introduced me to the nascent theories of film narration as well as an extensive look at the history of the Hollywood studio system from its formation until its break up in the late 1960s. This involved not only exploring the socio-political background of the studios, but also different genres, such as the Western, the Musical, the Melodrama and Film Noir.
My Master’s degree was taken at Universidade de Aveiro in English Studies. However, I focused my dissertation on Film, in particular the first three films of Christopher Nolan and the noirish aspects contained within.
Since completing my Master’s I have had papers published on the Role(s) of Women in David Fincher Films, Paul Auster’s Films and the Noir Elements Contained Within The Book of Illusions and the Translation of Swearing in Christopher Nolan’s Memento.
I have also given papers on Lyndsay Anderson’s “If”, the Films of David Fincher, Cinema as a Voyeuristic Act, Christopher Nolan’s Following and How We Watch Films
I recently completed my PhD thesis on Symbolism in the films of Alfred Hicthcock from a Freudian and Lacanian perspective and am now working on articles to be published in journals related to Alfred Hitchcock, before starting work on a book looking st symbolism in the films of Luis Bunuel.