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French Cinema, French Society
FIST 277
Fall 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FRST 280

This introductory course, taught in English, focuses on key moments in twentieth-century France, and their reflection in films of the period. The films to be studied comment on the first and second world wars, class conflicts in French society, and cultural movements that can be seen as reactions to historical and sociopolitical developments. In the first part of the course, entitled "History with a capital H," films and readings will focus on the two world wars, the Alegian war and the uprisings of May 1968. The second part, entitled "Freedom and Fantasy," looks at the struggle for liberty in the face of social and cultural institutions, and uses of the imagination, fantasy and humor in reaction to these restrictions. "Filmmakers include: Renoir, Carné, Vigo, Cocteau, Clément, Tati, Bresson, Truffaut, Varda, Kassovitz. Apart from selected readings in the two textbooks, the course requires weekly readings of articles and book chapters focusing on the cultural and historical aspects of the course. These will be available on e-reserves.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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