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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2007

FR 357 • CINEMA, CULTURE, AND HISTORY

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37680 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.106
SHERZER

Course Description

This course, taught in French, studies how films articulate and engage with artistic, political, social, and historical issues that have shaped French culture in the last 30 years. The films deal with WW2, post-colonialism, gender issues, and contemporary French life.

Assignments
Screenings of films and readings of criticism about them.
Writing of 4 essays: Essay 1 (250 words), essay 2 (500 words), essay 3 (750 words), essay 4 (1000 words).

Activities in class
Discussion of films and criticism.
Each student will make an oral presentation.

COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY.

Grading Policy

Class participation and oral presentation: 20%
Essays: 30%
2 exams: 50%

Texts

Screenings of Films
Merzach Allouache, Salut cousin
Vera Belmont, Rouge baiser
Claire Denis, Chocolat
Karim Dridi, Bye Bye
Marcel Guédiguian, Marius et Jeannette
Cedric Klapisch, Chacun cherche son chat
François Truffaut, Jules et Jim
Agnes Varda, Sans toit ni loi

Readings Course packet: Selection of film criticism in French

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