French Cinema: An Introduction|
Spring 2021 not offered
This course introduces students to the history of French cinema (the evolution of its aesthetics as well as of its main themes), from the films of the Lumière brothers in 1895 until now with French filmmakers of Maghrebi origins. One leading question of the course will be, What makes French cinema "French"?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Reading excerpts about the history of French cinema and film analysis will be provided and will be taken from several books and journals, among which:
Remi Lanzoni, FRENCH CINEMA: FROM ITS BEGINNINGS TO THE PRESENT (Continuum, 2002).
Susan Hayward and G. Vincendeau, eds. FRENCH CINEMA: TEXTS AND CONTEXTS(Routledge, 2000).
Phil Powrie and Keith Reader. FRENCH CINEMA: A STUDENT'S GUIDE(Bloomsbury, 2002).
Carrie Tarr. REFRAMING DIFFERENCE: BEUR AND BANLIEUE FILMMAKING IN FRANCE (Manchester UP, 2005).
This is a non-exhaustive list of readings. For actual books to purchase (if any), please refer to the order placed on Broad Street Books.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Attendance, preparation, and class participation essential.
Written preparation (one page or less) required for each film viewed.
Two short papers ; one final paper.
One oral presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a film course which requires the viewing of films outside of class. Films discussed in class will be shown twice in FISK. In addition, each film will be available for viewing in the FISK lab if students are unable to attend one of the official showings. Due to copyright issues, the films will not be made available online.
While any student who has completed FREN 215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN 215 through the placement test may sign up for this course, it is an introductory course intended for students who have just completed FREN 215 or not taken more than one course in French beyond 215 and not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade. Students who are not admitted to the course through pre-registration are strongly encouraged to submit an enrollment request and attend the first class.
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