E 322 • The Development of French Film
3:30 PM-5:00 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 textual documents which speak to us about particular social, literary, historical, and anthropological aspects of French society through the years as they present characters and stories with plot, psychology, mise en scène and cinematography. The study of each of the films involves its screening, a reading pertinent to it, a class discussion, and written work. The instructor will relate the films to the relevant art of the period, to American films, and to literature when appropriate.
Writing: 7 essays of 650-700 words (revision possible) 60%
Class Participation: For each film, students should prepare 5 written comments. In addition, each student will make a short presentation and lead a general discussion on one film screened in the course. 10%
Two one-hour exams (no final exam) 30%
Weekly reading assignments in Emily Zants, Creative Encounters with French Films (available at the Coop)
Screenings of films: Tuesdays 5-7 PM in Flawn Academic Center (FAC 344), or on student's own time.