Syllabus in progress
This course will introduce you to the vocabulary and cultural contexts needed to understand and analyze French films. We will look briefly at the history of film-making in France, but the primary focus of the course will be on developing the conversation and writing skills to discuss and analyze French cinema. Films will be viewed in evening showings as regularly scheduled homework assignments. The films will be shown in the original French with English subtitles.
1) To learn about the film industries in France and the Francophone world.
2) To learn about the history of film in France.
3. To compare and contrast French film the Hollywood film industry.
4) To learn how to "read" a French film and to analyze the aesthetic experience of viewing.
5) To learn how to view a film in its proper cultural context.
6) To learn French film vocabulary and how to express views about film in French.
7) To improve written and oral skills in French by using French film as media for analysis.
8.) To understand the difference between critique and analysis.
French Film, Texts and Contexts, Susan Hayward and Ginette Vincendeau (Routeledge, 2000).
Assignments and Grades
Three short essays that will be returned with structured feedback and rewritten = 60% of final grade
Class participation = 10% of final grade
Final paper of 8 - 10 pages with bibliography = 25% of final grade
Oral presentation = 5% of final grade
Class attendance is mandatory. Frequent, unexplained absences will lower the final grade
Students in this course are expected to familiarize themselves with and abide by Juniata College’s policy on academic integrity. All work submitted for this course must adhere to this policy. http://services.juniata.edu/registrar/catalog/integrity.htm
I will seek the strongest sanctions against anyone who is found to be violating it.
Weeks one and two: Silent film
A Voyage to the Moon: Georges Méliès
Les Frères Lumière
Un Chien andalou (1928)
Directed by S. Dali and L. Buñuel
Weeks Two ,Three, and Four: War and Illusion
Jean Renoir (1938)
La belle et la Bête
Jean Cocteau (1946)
Weeks Five, Six, and Seven: La Nouvelle Vague
Les 400 Coups
François Truffaut (1959)
A Bout de souffle(1960)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Week Eight: The Blank Generation
Ma Nuit chezMlaude (1969)
Weeks Nine and Ten: Le cinéma du look
La Femme Nikita (1990)
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001)
Weeks Eleven Twelve and Thirteen: Union Européene
Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc et Rouge 1993-1994
Weeks Fourteen and Fifteen: Final Wave?
The Gleaners and I
Agnès Varda (2000)