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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 322 • The Development of the French Film

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35215 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
HRH 2.112
SHERZER

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

Attendance
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.

Exams
Based on films discussed in class, assigned readings, and class lectures.

Grades
7 essays 60%
2 take home exams 20%
Attendance, class participation, oral presentation, and comments 20%

Texts

Emily Zants, Creative Encounters with French films
Course packet with selected articles

Screenings: Flawn Academic Center or on your own.

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