French Cinema, French Society|
Spring 2009 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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Singerman, Alan, FRENCH CINEMA: THE STUDENT'S BOOK (APPRENTISSAGE DU CINÉMA FRANÇAIS - English Edition)
Powrie, Phil and Reader, Keith, 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 of all films for the course. Classes, assignments and required readings will be in English.
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Three short papers with rewrites, one final paper (6-8 pages), and several short presentations in class.
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