E 322 • The Development of the French Film
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course is designed as a survey of the major French film directors from 1895 to the present. It aims at presenting different cinematic styles and techniques. In addition, the films are treated as cultural documents that speak to us about particular social, literary, historical, and anthropological aspects of French society through the years. The opportunity to write on different topics will enable students to appreciate the richness and complexity of the filmic text.
Regular attendance at films and lectures is required. Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the film. More than two absences without written excuse will lower the grade.
Based on films discussed in class, assigned readings, and class lectures.
7 essays 60%
2 take home exams 20%
Attendance, class participation, oral presentation, and comments 20%
Emily Zants, Creative Encounters with French films
Course packet with selected articles
Screenings: Flawn Academic Center or on your own.