Course Description

Course Name

Overview of French Cinema

Session: VPRS1321

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Note: A placement exam will be required when you arrive on site.

Advanced

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (or six quarters) at the college level.

High Advanced

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (or eight quarters) at the college level.

Overview

1 / General objectives of the course

- Introduction to the history of French cinema: discovery of the great movements, films and authors of the appearance of the speaking to our days.
- Introduction to the fundamental concepts of film studies
- Glossary of technical terms
- Written and oral expression


2 / Pedagogical approach

- Presentation of the film, its author and the relevant film movement, by the students
- Full screening of the film
- Analysis


3 / Supports

- DVD brought by the teacher
- Courses / Educational materials / Websites


4 / Bibliographical references:

- Lourcelles Jacques, Dictionary of Cinema (tomes 1, 2, 3), Robert Laffon
- Prédal René, 50 years of French cinema, Nathan.
- Library of cinema François Truffaut, Forum des Halles, 4 rue du cinéma, 75001 Paris.


5 / Ratings:

- A presentation on a film and its author
- A class assignment (cinema history, sequence analysis).
- A participation note based on the attendance, initiative, responsiveness and relevance of the interventions

Attendance at table controls is mandatory to obtain the certificate.
Each note takes into account knowledge and expression in French.

6 / Attendance, punctuality:

Maximum number of unjustified absences: three. Beyond that, neither the certificate of attendance nor the certificate of results can be awarded. In case of absence or delay, notify the professor and the secretariat. Provide proof upon return to class. It is up to you to inquire about the work done and the duties required.


PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE

Meeting
Theme

1
Presentation of the course

2
The Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)

3
Quai des mumes (Marcel Carné, 1938)

4
The Rule of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)

5
Helmet of Gold (Jacques Becker, 1952)

6
The Holidays of Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati, 1953)

7
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)

8
Hiroshima my love (Alain Resnais, 1959)

9
At the end of breath (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959

10
Eyes Without a Face (George Franju, 1960)

11
The Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969)

12
The man who loved women (François Truffaut, 1976)

13
To our Loves (Maurice Pialat, 1983)

14
The Ceremony (Claude Chabrol, 1995)

15
A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)

*Course content subject to change