French Cinema, French Society|
Fall 2008 not offered
This introductory course, taught in English, focuses on key moments in 20th-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.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
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Alan Singerman, French Cinema. The Student's Book. Apprentissage du cinéma français. English Edition. Phil Powrie and Keith Reader. French Cinema. A Student's Guide.
Other readings will be available through the course reserves at Olin library and on Blackboard.
Students are required to attend screenings fo all films for the course.
Classes, assignments and required readings will be in English.
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Two short papers, one final paper (6-8 pages), two or three short presentations in class and a final examination. Students are also required to write weekly film journals.
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Intercultural literacy: In this course, students will learn about twentieth-century French culture and history. They will think about French experiences and of perspectives on the two world wars, decolonization and post-colonial social tensions, as well as other aspects of French society and cultural codes.
Writing: Students will study a chapter in their textbook which specifically teaches how to write about French films. They will develop fluency in writing about the course material by keeping a weekly course journal, to be submitted for regular evaluation and comments from the professor. There will be two short papers, for which detailed feedback and the opportunity to rewrite will be provided, and a longer final paper.
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